Top Art Museum Area Headlines of 2017

11. The Best Burgers in Philadelphia

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"I've wanted to eat burgers in the land of Sylvester Stallone punching meat for many, many years. I’ve been on a number of eating trips to Philly, but always for cheesesteaks or roast pork, or some South Philly grandma’s “gravy.” Never for this. Until now..."

10. Philly's Top 5 Booming Neighborhoods

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"Five years ago, licensed real estate broker Michael O'Brien started He says in that short amount of time, he's seen the housing market here explode. From new construction to refurbished spaces, the "it" neighborhoods have been billowing out from Center City in all directions..."

9. Before Demo, Neon Lights Above Santoro's on Girard

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"Santoro’s Beer Distributor operated for a long time next door at 2517 W. Girard Ave., making for incredibly convenient one-stop shopping for people looking for beer and wine/liquor. At some point recently though, Santoro’s closed and MM Partners purchased their double wide property for $650K. A sign posted in the door suggests that an MM Partners project is coming soon...."

8. Pizza Dads: Pizza Brain's Brewerytown Spin-off

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"Unlike Pizza Brain, which opened in September 2012 on the Fishtown-Kensington border as a combination pizzeria and pizza museum (twinned with Little Baby's ice cream), Pizza Dads is a straight-on pizza parlor with a '70s color palette, a '90s vibe, and updated takes on pizza..."

7. SEPTA to Link Brewerytown, U City, and Grays Ferry

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"With Route 49, SEPTA proposes to offer one-seat rides through University City from Brewerytown and Fairmount in the north, to Grays Ferry and Point Breeze in the south. Right now, transit riders need to transfer or walk to get across the Schuylkill River to Philadelphia’s second largest employment hub. SEPTA anticipates the new route will begin running sometime this fall or early next spring..."

6. Gin & Pop: New Pub for Francisville

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"Two years ago, Kris Kwiatkowski, visiting friends in Francisville, noticed a corner bar called Flying Carpet at the multipronged intersection of 19th, Poplar, and Ginnodo Streets. Word got back to him and his brother, Tom, that it was available. They went all in, buying the building and joining what seems to be a building frenzy in the neighborhood..."

5. High Point Cafe to replace Mugshots on Fairmount Ave.

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"Come July 31, Mugshots Coffeehouse (1925 Fairmount Ave.) will close as it becomes the third location of High Point Cafe, out of Mount Airy. High Point’s Meg Hagele said she’ll need a week or two in August to make the place “High Pointy.” High Point’s menu includes pastries and gluten-free treats, house-roasted coffees, and crepes..."

4. Engimono: Sushi Spot & Deli for Fairmount Ave

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"It certainly seems like Albert Zheng may soon have a Japanese food empire in Philly, with what he’s got up his sleeve. The Kabuki Sushi owner is planning to open two new restaurants — both named Engimono — on two different blocks of Fairmount Avenue, reports Michael Klein at The Inquirer...."

3. RIP Rembrandt's: A Fairmount Institution Closes

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"Fairmount restaurant Rembrandt’s is closing this summer after 32 years as a neighborhood standby. Owner Gail Seygal, who took over in 2009 from friend and former owner Jan Zarkin, has sold the property, she said. The location, set a block off Fairmount Avenue beside Eastern State Penitentiary at the corner of 23rd and Aspen, has been a bar since at least 1915..."

2. Fairmount Sandwich Shop to Relocate

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"Rybread will move a few blocks down the street at 1711 Fairmount Ave, which will be a larger space, able to accommodate more guests and an expanded menu.

'We wanted to stay in the neighborhood,' Ryan said. 'We've become a neighborhood staple...'"

1. How 10 Townhomes Sold Quickly in Fairmount

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"How hot is the high-end market in Philadelphia? Local builder HOW Properties managed to unload 10 huge new townhomes in just eight months. There's a story behind how those townhomes came to be, though..."

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