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Porto, the lunch spot replacing Carman’s, looks to be nearly ready

Porto, the Portuguese-influenced breakfast and lunch spot coming to 11th and Wharton, looks like it’s only a few weeks out.

A faithful reader tipped us off that a sign had been put up, so we wandered over last week. Sure enough, there it is.

Porto

Peeking through the windows, we were able to see that the inside has been completely built out and painted, with a new counter and room for about a dozen seats or so.

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Porto, a Portuguese-influenced breakfast/lunch spot, coming to old Carman’s

We got some details on the new restaurant coming into the old Carman’s space on 11th and Wharton.

It will be called Porto, a breakfast/lunch/brunch eatery opening toward the end of spring. Owner Christine Liskowicz also hinted at a “surprise” coming for Friday nights.

Soon to be Porto

Soon to be Porto

We caught up with owner Christine Liskowicz and she said she plans to serve coffee, pastries, and a small menu for breakfast and lunch, much of it with a nod toward Portugeuse cuisine. Porto (pronounced Port-oo) is, after all, the second biggest city in Portugal.

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Another restaurant coming to old Carman’s Country Kitchen space

We spotted a bunch of permits taped inside the windows last week of the corner spot that for about 20 years was Carman’s Country Kitchen. A quick call to building owner John Angelis confirmed that it was indeed rented.

And no, he doesn’t think it will be a run-of-the-mill pizza place.

Carman's

Of course, that doesn’t mean that we actually know yet what it will be. Angelis said he believes the woman he leased it to plans another restaurant of some kind, but he didn’t have any details to offer. We left a message with the new operator and haven’t heard back.  Continue Reading →

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Rumor Mill: Pizza place coming to old Carman’s? FALSE

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated at the end

Contrary to the hubbub around the closure of Carman’s Country Kitchen, there isn’t a pizza place coming into the corner after all.

Already some action. Too bad it means nothing

Carman said she was ousted after 22 years because the landlord wanted to make way for a “run-of-the-mill pizza place.” Irate commenters took to this website and others to rail against the prospective tenant and the dimwitted landlord. But somebody must have gotten their lines crossed.

Building owner John Angelis told us that he does not have a tenant lined up, and that Carman left because she didn’t want to pay $25 extra a month in rent. We tried getting in contact with Carman to confirm this, but haven’t had any luck (You know her? Send her our way).

On Thursday, Angelis was busy tearing out some of the old fixtures to get it ready for…?

He asked us to pass along some info to anyone who might be interested in renting the place for somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,500 a month. “There’s a lot of foot traffic on this corner,” he said.

Before the end

Angelis said he would like to see another restaurant come in, maybe a luncheonette. But since it’s right across the street from the state store, maybe a BYOB would be good? Of course, the place is tiny, so any new tenant would have to be creative.

If you know of anyone looking for space, or if you hear that Carman thinks we’re spouting off a bowl full of lies, tell them to email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

UPDATE: After a little dispute over how and why Carman’s lease was ended, we checked back with Angelis. He said he had been issuing year-to-year leases for several years, each with $25 a month increases. At the beginning of this year, she refused an increase from $975 to $1,000, Angelis said, so he ended her lease.

The confusion about the pizza place may have stemmed from the fact that Angelis used to run one, but he told us he has no interest in doing that again. Also, Angelis noted that any new operator would have to start from scratch with all new equipment because all the old stuff has been thrown out.

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Carman’s Country Kitchen to make way for a penis, er, pizza place?

Tucked inside a sentimental goodbye by Lauren McCutcheon in the Daily News is a nugget of what may come to be after brunch standby Carman’s Country Kitchen closes at the end of the year.

What does “run of the mill pizza place” actually mean? Photo via Daily News

After McCutcheon deftly uses about 2,000 euphemisms describing owner Carmen Luntzel’s prodigious penis collection – does she have penis envy? – she writes:

After 22 years at 11th and Wharton, the self-made chef and self-proclaimed “keeper of the penises” is closing shop and moving to South Carolina. At summer’s end, Luntzel’s landlord sent notice he wasn’t renewing her lease. The property owner wants to turn her one-of-a-kind South Philly spot into a run-of-the-mill pizza shop.

We’ve been trying to get info about that pizza place for about a week, so thanks a lot for blowing up our spot, McCutcheon! Kidding. But has anyone heard anything about the pizza place-to-be?

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Boo! Carman’s Country Kitchen Closing

After 22 years with her truck table parked out front, Carman’s Country Kitchen at 11th and Wharton will close at the end of the year. She told Holly Eats that her landlord decided not to renew her lease because he wants to open a pizza place. Like we need more pizza. Come on!

At 11th and Wharton, via Uwishunu

Famous for its incredible brunch before South Philly was a brunch spot, Carman’s was also known for its quirky vibe, no substitutions rule, and the eight-top table in the red and yellow truck bed out front. The place had legions of fans, and it’s obvious from this that Holly Eats really liked the place too:

The menu does its part, but it is Carman who makes Carman’s Country Kitchen so special. Sparkling, sometimes outrageous, Carman is almost as happy shocking customers as feeding them. Carman’s life is the stuff of novels. She has been most everywhere, done most everything and knows most everyone.

Farewell, Carman. We’ll make sure to get a farewell meal.

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