This & That: Rittenhouse Square Opened, New Biz Too

Hope you had a great weekend. Last week I strolled through Rittenhouse Square and reported on a lot of sad news about businesses closing, stores paused, a few still boarded and some who have opened. The first exciting news is: Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17 th and Sansom streets by Rittenhouse Square in the Palomar Hotel, has re-opened for take-out as well as  outdoor dining on the patio seating area. 
Lunch is 12 – 4 pm, followed by dinner from 4 – 8 pm daily. Guests can enjoy dishes tried, true, and even some new from the freshly updated Square 1682 menu – Select known favorite dishes have returned, such as the  Waffle Fries served with malt vinegar and chipotle ranch ($10), the delectable  Warm Cornbread accompanied by honey butter ($5) to start, or the revered Cauliflower  Curry entrée, with chickpeas, spinach, and madras curry ($24). Newer additions to the menu include a sumptuous  Softshell Crab Sandwich with jalapeno tartar sauce ($16), and Tagliatelle served with Jersey vegetables, pistachio pesto and pecorino ($13/serving, $25/family style).

Also nearby stores like Vince, Gap, The Loft and Govberg’s are open as I mentioned last week. I did another walk through at the end of the week and saw many more stores open and even more who have taken the boards off, which is nice and inviting.

Both Lululemon and Athleta are now open and excited to welcome you back to the 1700 block of Walnut Street. As you know Intermix has closed, but I found out it closed a few days before the pandemic, so we can’t count that as a business lost to Covid19. GM Danielle Kane wishes it worked out, sends her love and thanks.

New Business The previously announced allbirds, which took over the space formally occupied by Timberland at 1709 Walnut St, is being stocked and is ready to open in the next week.

Feast Well Foods can take a lot of the work out of cooking for you this weekend, especially if you’re headed to the shore.

Friday, July 31st 3pm – 5pm
Curbside pick-up
Thursday, July 30th 4pm – 5pm
Friday, July 31st 1pm – 5:30pm

The Loft is open now for all your summer fashions, and these days summer goes right into October. Grab a cocktail at a.bar as that is open as well.

The former Zara’s is being reconfigured for Tiffany’s Jewelers which is moving from it’s current location in the Bellevue. It is not open.

The Hyatt Centric near 17th and Walnut Streets is coming along. They’re topped off, windows have been installed and the sign is up. Looks great.

Pietro’s has extended their dining area and it looks good. I spoke with a Madewell associate today and they have no idea when they’re going to open the Walnut Store.

But there’s plenty of other reasons to come down town, it’s bouncing back and there’s a lot of sales to be had.

If you’re going to the Apple store make sure you have an appointment, that is the only way you can enter. Give them a call. When you see me in the streets give a wave to PhillyChitChat. Thanks!!


InBox: Health Dept Cancels All Outdoor Events This Summer

Breaking News: I got an email from The Phila Flea Markets they have been given notice by The Philadelphia Department Of Health that all outdoor events have been canceled thru the month of August in Philadelphia. This includes the remainder of the Antique & Vintage Markets downtown as well as the Roosevelt Flea Market in NE Philadelphia.

We’ve yet to hear back from officials in Bucks County on when we can re-open The Bristol Indoor Flea Market.

Philly cancels events for the summer of 2020 for safety concerns

A few more events which won’t be happening this summer. Philly Pops on July 4th, Diner en Blanc in August, East Passyunk Car show in July and Old City Eats Block Party in June, 2nd Street Festival, Italian Festival in South Philly, the water downed Bastille Day in Fairmount, Made In America has suspended ticket sales, has well as so many events we love to attend. But it’s a small sacrifice to save lives, which are priceless. Stay Safe, 6 feet or more and wear a mask with others.


InBox: Enjoy July 4th Safely at Your Home

Philadelphia (May 12, 2020) – The City of Philadelphia announced that the 2020 Wawa Welcome America festival will be delivered virtually in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the health and safety of the community top of mind, Welcome America, Inc. supports the City’s decision, and remains committed to hosting a festival that engages residents in every neighborhood of Philadelphia and across the nation in celebration of America’s Independence Day.

This year, Wawa Welcome America will be re-imagined to create meaningful, at-home experiences that will embody the same spirit of celebration that Philadelphians have come to know and love over the past 28 years. Arts, culture, education, history and performance will continue to play a starring role in the festival, along with new virtual opportunities to expand and enhance Wawa Welcome America’s free and interactive programming.

“Our team remains committed, now more than ever, to creating an experience that gives our City something to celebrate,” said Michael DelBene, President and CEO, Welcome America, Inc. “It is a challenging time, and while we may not be able to gather in our City’s great public spaces this year, we are eager to celebrate in a new way through interactive, virtual experiences. We are grateful to the City and to our incredible sponsors and partners for their support, which will allow us to continue this storied tradition in a new, exciting way.”

“The City of Philadelphia is proud to support the Welcome America team in their commitment to delivering a virtual festival this year,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia. “With the health and safety of our community top of mind, we are confident that this virtual event will continue to create new opportunities to bring our community together in celebration of America’s Birthday. Philadelphia is a strong City of strong traditions, and I am excited to see this important tradition continue.”

A longstanding tradition that will remain in place for this year’s festival is a concert performance on the evening of July 4th,produced in partnership withLive Nation and broadcast in English and Spanish on NBC10 and TeleXitos, Telemundo62’s multicast network, for viewers to enjoy from their homes. The City of Philadelphia and Wawa Welcome America will be sharing additional details about the virtual event, including information about performers, schedule and more, during a press conference in June.

Meghan Trainor brought out her father Gary Trainor, 70, to dance on “Dance Like Your Daddy”

The annual Wawa Welcome America festival is made possible by the support of the City of Philadelphia, title partner Wawa, Comcast NBCUniversal and their local broadcast stations NBC10 & Telemundo62, Independence Blue Cross, Visit Philadelphia and Live Nation.

Jennifer Hudson at Wawa Welcome America in Philadelphia, July 4th, 2019

Head on over to Metro Philly newspaper online to read more about this years plans and see another photo I took from last year’s concert.