City to Announce Fourth Philly Free Streets

WHAT: Mayor Jim Kenney will announce the date and route of the City’s fourth Philly Free Streets program.

Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia
Brian Abernathy, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Mike Carroll, Deputy Managing Director, Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability
Representatives from Temple University
Other invited elected officials

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information about the announcement, see the Mayor's advisory here.

Order up: The Philadelphia-area restaurant forecast for spring-summer 2019

A burger bar in University City with unparalleled views of Center City. An all-day cafe across from Head House Square. A Japanese grill on South Street. Two Italian restaurants, a block apart, near Fitler Square. A pizzeria just off West Passyunk Avenue. An outdoor Mediterranean restaurant on Spring Garden Street. A massive outdoor park in Northern Liberties. An all-day bakery/bar from Steve Cook and Mike Solomonov in Rittenhouse. New Chester County locations for two popular restaurants. An upscale pizzeria in an underserved slice of Montgomery County. A French BYOB in South Jersey.


Ambrosia, an Italian BYOB, opens near Fitler Square

Ambrosia, an Italian BYOB, now occupies the Fitler Square corner spot occupied for 40 years by Sandy’s, a neighborhood diner with sweet owners. But anyone fearing that the breakfast-luncherie at 24th and Locust Streets was turning into a dinner house would be wrong.


Mama Palma's, Fitler Square's 23-year-old Italian BYOB, is closing for an upgrade

Mama Palma's, the Italian BYOB restaurant that's been a Fitler Square staple for almost 23 years, is closing its doors – just temporarily – at the end of service on Sunday, March 17.

Owned and operated by sibling business partners Renato and Brunella Russo, the pair is pausing operations at the 40-seat spot at 23rd and Spruce streets to reopen as Palma's Cucina. The new restaurant will be a departure from Mama Palma's, which is primarily focused on pizza, by offering more Italian entrees alongside a smaller menu of 14-inch pizzas. The new dishes will include wood-fired branzino, linguini and clams, fettuccine bolognese, and other classic Italian dishes.

Read more at Philly Voice.

Protected bike lane coming to 22nd Street in Center City

During his 2015 election bid, Mayor Jim Kenney touted a promise to build 30 miles of protected bike lanes. Four years later, Philadelphia is still nowhere near that goal. There has been some progress, however, and several protected segments exist in various locations around the city.

Next to get a protected bike lane: the busy 22nd Street corridor — albeit just along seven blocks in Center City.

Read more at Billy Penn.

Did Philadelphia make a terrible mistake getting rid of the Chestnut Street Transitway? | Inga Saffron

It was one of those sparkling, late Saturday afternoons in December when Chestnut Street in Center City looked like a stage set for a Christmas movie. Every store glowed with light, and package-laden shoppers skipped merrily along the sidewalks.

Unfortunately, I was stuck on the 42 bus, trying to get across town to meet friends.


Rosy's Taco Bar, named for a president's half-brother, is opening in Fitler Square

A taco bar with a huge hot sauce selection is about to open in the Fitler Square neighborhood, underneath the Roosevelt Apartments at 2220 Walnut St. 

And for the first year, a portion of sales will be donated to the National Immigrant Justice Center, to show support for immigrant families.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5, fans of Mexican-American cuisine can stop into Rosy's Taco Bar.

Read more at Philly Voice.