- Plan Philly got a bit of information about the future of Antiquarian’s Delight from some folks working there. They said the new owners planned to turn the building, which we told you last week was closing, into apartments. The blog Property Philly said the new owners are the Fetfatzes family that owns Bainbridge Street Barrel House on the same block, as well as Hawthorne’s and Bella Vista Beer Distributor, but they couldn’t get any real answers yet.
- The South Philly Review checked in on Paloma, the haute Mexican BYOB at 763 S. Eighth St. “I don’t know why I never reviewed Paloma, so a visit was in order,” wrote Phyllis Stein-Novack. After a decent start “our entrées went south. Edward ordered the branzino ($23) and I looked forward to breast of duck ($25).” She gave the place 2.5 tips of the toque, which would suggest that it was better than what she said about the place. Anyone out there have a report on Paloma?
- Just about a week after we posed a question about the Royal Theater and the legacy of Kenny Gamble, the City Paper dug up more instances of the nonprofit developer’s tendency to let things go at his properties. Says its blog Naked City:
In 2011, the Gambles demolished a string of fairly well-kept rowhomes on the 800 block of South 15th Street owned by the Gambles and Universal partner Rahim Islam, reportedly as site preparation for the construction of a 4,000-square-foot home. Nearly two years later, the site remains a gaping hole, complete with a sign that unironically reads, “Another Development by Universal Companies.”