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Philadelphia History: Privy Diggers & Front Street Cafe

The Privy Diggers
Producer: Michael O’Reilly   WHYY Philadelphia

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Front Street Cafe is honored to be spotlighted in the PBS Documentary about Philadelphia History and local Privy Diggers.

In 2014 during the Construction of the new kitchen for Front Street Cafe at the south end of the property. Lee Larkin discovered an old Privy Pit.  He and Adrian Montanez, with the oversight of local privy diggers Michael Frechette and John Freise, hand excavated the entire privy.  What they discovered was a window into Philadelphia history through the material culture of the former residents of homes long gone and forgotten.

Please see the WHYY TV Documentary here

In the 18th and 19th centuries in Philadelphia, people did their “business” in the outhouse located in the yard or alley adjacent to their dwelling. Since there was no regular trash collection, they also used this outhouse to discard broken plates, bottles and all manner of refuse. As soon as modern sewers were installed to service each house, the outhouses were torn down and the brick-lined “privy pits” (often 30 feet deep) underneath them were filled in. Within a decade, in most cases, the location of the outhouse and its attendant privy pit would all but be forgotten.

Enter THE PRIVY DIGGERS in 2016. These intrepid amateur archaeologists regularly are invited into peoples backyards to probe the soil, locate the underground structure of the privy itself, and begin digging. A single privy can hold broken and whole bottles and crockery, coins, pipes, toys and anything else that someone 100 to 200 years ago might have had in their pockets. Most interestingly, according to Michael Frechette, are the cast off’s from the things people did (other than their “business”) in these outhouses in private – things that are only rarely written about in Philadelphia history books.

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That is the draw for these diggers – getting to see the secrets of history that have lain buried there undisturbed for years. While the things they bring up may have a value on the open market, according to Tom Salvatore, if you divided how much they work by how much they make selling these artifacts, they wouldn’t be making more than minimum wage. And it’s not only see, but touch and smell. A vial of sassafras (an accepted 19th century remedy for arthritis) found 30 feet underground and held at arms length, after more than 100 years, still smells like, well, sassafras.

 

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Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia, Front Street Cafe

May 18th, 2016

Front Street Cafe Media Team

Original Article by Uwishunu here

Few meals are as perfect as brunch, where you’re allowed to drink Bloody Marys and eat doughnuts or cheese-covered egg sandwiches in the same meal. Top picks for Brunch Philadelphia included our own Front Street Cafe.

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Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia: Quinoa & Oatmeal Porridge with Vegan Cashew Sweet Cream.

While Philly’s brunch game has long been on point new brunch options are popping up at not only new restaurants but tried-and-true spots that only recently started serving the mid-morning meal. For our spring brunch guide, we’ve also emphasized brunch that can be enjoyed via sidewalk seating, backyard patios and at completely-outdoor restaurants — think Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.

All of the brunch options mentioned below offer the meal on both Saturday and Sunday, and Front Street Cafe serves brunch 7 days a week until 4pm.

Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia
Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia

Below you’ll find some of our favorites for daytime dining for days when breakfast starts whenever you roll out of bed. Where are your favorite springtime brunch spots?

The Full Uwishunu article here

Few meals are as perfect as brunch, where you’re allowed to drink Bloody Marys and eat doughnuts or cheese-covered egg sandwiches in the same meal. Top picks for Brunch Philadelphia included our own Front Street Cafe.

While Philly’s brunch game has long been on point new brunch options are popping up at not only new restaurants but tried-and-true spots that only recently started serving the mid-morning meal. For our spring brunch guide, we’ve also emphasized brunch that can be enjoyed via sidewalk seating, backyard patios and at completely-outdoor restaurants — think Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.

All of the brunch options mentioned below offer the meal on both Saturday and Sunday, and a number of the restaurants even serve brunch on weekdays, too.

Front Street Cafe is MSNBC Philly HQ for the PA Primary

Original Article by Billy Penn’s Danya Henninger & Info by MSNBC

First thing first: the coffee is good.

That’s not the most important factor in deciding where a major news organization sets up for a remote broadcast, admits Al Henkel, senior coordinating producer for newsgathering at NBC News — but it sure does help.

Since Tuesday, Henkel and his team have been posted at Front Street Cafe in Fishtown, helping coordinate MSNBC broadcasts in advance of next week’s Pennsylvania primary. All of the network’s daylong political coverage has been coming out of the sunny corner at the back of the cafe-slash-bar, including reports by well-known anchors like Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts and Erica Hill.

The Coffee Shop Side of the Front Street Cafe is MSNBC Studio for a week
The Coffee Shop Side of the Front Street Cafe is MSNBC Studio for a week

Producers poke emails into their laptops at the granite counter and watch monitors set up next to tables on the second floor, while technicians tweak controls in the impromptu studio beneath industrial wood-beam ceilings. There are three satellite trucks parked outside, and dozens of thick cables running across the back patio to two giant “Infinite Power” generators on trailers in the petite lot out back.

MSNBC Sets up their mobile Studio at Front Street Cafe
MSNBC Sets up their mobile Studio at Front Street Cafe

How did all this end up beneath the El at this relative newcomer (it opened last fall)?

“[Front Street Cafe] was recommended to me by some MSNMC folks at the airport when I got off my flight from Dallas,” said Henkel, who spends an average of 190 days a year on the road. This primary season alone, he’s scouted and found shooting locations in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, before landing in Philly.

From the airport, he got in his rental car and drove out to 1253 N. Front St. Stopped in, grabbed a cuppa — “I like it because it’s strong!” — and surveyed the scene. He liked what he saw almost immediately, but from experience, knew he should at least explore other options. He connected with tech manager Zainib Naseer, and together the pair checked out at least 20 additional locations. After all that, they ended up back where they started.

“The most important thing is that there are good satellite views,” Henkel explained, “and space to park the trucks.” In addition to the coffee, FSC had other good things going for it, he said: The staff was nice and the clientele was diverse, with people coming in and out often (“They like it when the background isn’t static.”). The decision was made. All that was needed was permission from the cafe owners.

Andrew Petruzelli picked a bad day to take a break from his phone.

It was Wednesday, April 13, and he was enjoying a rare day off from his job as director of operations Front Street Cafe. He had no idea MSNBC staff was frantically trying to reach him about the possible MSNBC deal until the next morning — and when he came down to work at 8 a.m. Thursday (he lives above the shop), he found Henkel and Naseer waiting for him.

A longtime high-level employee at high-profile hotels — he was executive sous-chef at the Hyatt at the Bellevue and then at the Grand Hyatt DC — Petruzelli immediately recognized the benefits of hosting the broadcast.

“They’re not paying us rent or anything,” he said. “But national coverage for my cafe is fine by me!”

He got the blessing of FSC co-owners Lee Larkin and Nicole Barclay, and gave Henkel the go-ahead.

Six days later, the NBC crew arrived, literal tons of equipment in tow. They asked Petruzelli to help secure parking spots for the trucks along Thompson Street (he left notes on parked cars offering people free coffee if they’d move), and hauled lights inside. On Tuesday morning, broadcasts began, and they’ll continue through Friday night, when the team decamps for Pittsburgh.

Things have generally been running smoothly. The cafe is spacious enough that the temporary TV studio isn’t really infringing on regular business, and producers are happy with the look of the shot. The one snag — if you could call it that — was when reporters tried to do some man-on-the-street interviews on Wednesday without realizing that the date might affect subjects’ state of mind.

MSNBC colleagues Al Henckel and Zainib Naseer scouted the location at Front Street Cafe
MSNBC colleagues Al Henckel and Zainib Naseer scouted the location at Front Street Cafe

“Do you mind if we walk around with a mic and ask customers some questions?” producers asked. Within 15 minutes, they returned — no one they spoke with was quite coherent enough to appear on air. “Yeah, we can’t use any of this,” they told Petruzelli, who replied, “Welcome to Fishtown on 4/20!”  Check out MSNBC here.

“They won’t tell us their guests ahead of time,” Petruzelli said, but noted rumors had been flying around that both Mayor Jim Kenney and Gov. Tom Wolf might make appearances. Staff is also hoping a presidential candidate will stop in — “My gut is telling me Bernie,” said one of the baristas — but NBC’s Henkel put a kibosh on the idea. “No. Bernie is not coming. Sorry.”

Overall, Henkel has been thrilled with the spot — he and his crew have been eating all their meals at the cafe (workdays can start as early at 3 am and continue through the night) — and he’s even asked about securing the location during the DNC this summer.

“This isn’t an easy town to shoot from — all the streets are so narrow,” he said. “I’m not certain we’ll be coming back to Philadelphia, but I’ve been doing this more than 20 years, and I think it’s pretty likely. Always better to be prepared.”

See original Billy Penn article here

Front Street Cafe Excited to be hosting the MSNBC news team all week!

Front Street Cafe is honored to have been chosen by the MSNBC team for their location for live broadcasts of the Pennsylvania Presidential Primaries.

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Whether you support Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton it is excited to have the national action right here in your neighborhood Cafe. With visits by Mayor Kenny and Governor Wolf, it is an honor to be hosting (and feeding) so many of our movers, shakers and policy makers. With “Morning Joe,” The Meredith Vieira Show” and other shows doing live broadcasts, it’s sure to be an action packed week at the Cafe.

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Local Artists at Front Street Flea Sunday 2/28

Join local Fishtown artists as Front Street Cafe is excited to bring you the second installment of our monthly event “Front Street Flea.”  The Flea is a monthly pop-up trunk show/bazaar that features local Philadelphia Artisans who showcase their unique works.

This Month is Hosted by Geri Omni & Laura Rennegade of Tribe + Rennegade

Custom hand made jewelry, vintage and collectible treasures, handmade soaps, incenses, sculptures, knits, accessories, semi-precious stones, terrariums and so much more!

This month’s featured Artisans inlude:
Mystical Creations
Nue Organics
Vintage + Collectible treasures by Carrie Anne
Palo Santo Wellness and Kingsnake Jewelry
Hedy + Monk.E
The Tin Goat
ZEF Luxuria
String Theory Fiber Arts
No Walls Up
& More!

Facebook event is here.

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Fundraiser for Broad Street Ministry

Front Street Cafe fundraiser for Broad Street Ministry Please join us this Thursday at Front Street Cafe Philadelphia from 6pm-8pm for Networking for a Cause. We will be raising money for Broad Street Ministry while building our professional network! Tickets are $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres and 1 free drink. We will be auctioning off Philadelphia Flyers merchandise including Flyers vs. Red Wings game tickets, Flyer’s Wives Carnival tickets, 2 autographed game sticks (Claude Giroux and Steve Mason) and much more!
Tickets can be purchased with the link in the invite below or at the door. If you are unable to attend but would like to bid or donate you can do so on the Community Builder website in the invite. Hope to see you there!  More info about Broad Street Ministry hereBroad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry (“BSM”) is a broad-minded Christian community that cherishes creativity, fosters and nurtures artistic expression, extends inclusive hospitality and—works for a more just world through civic engagement. Learn more about our mission and core values. Also, read about our vision and purpose here.

Learn about the astonishing history and the exciting future of Broad Street Ministry in “Our Story.”

Find out about the dynamic individuals who are leading Broad Street Ministry into the future in Leadership.

Learn about Broad Street Ministry’s Financial Information here.

Common Questions and Answers about BSM and HC

To take a look at our Hospitality Board or Board of Trustees go here.

As Broad Street Ministry makes a difference for a community, many writers have taken interest and written about BSM. Read about Broad Street Ministry in the News here.

BSM also welcomes into its body not just those who are on the margins of faith but those who are on the margins of society. Here, a member of a prestigious private club worships alongside a person experiencing homelessness. The gay and lesbian activist passes the peace with the Pentecostal lay preacher. The possessor of a PhD. in theology prays alongside the summa cum laude graduate of the School of Hard Knocks. Churches should regularly feature this kind of diversity but in our experience—they seldom do. We believe that diversity of belief, skin tone and life circumstance strengthens our witness as a Christian community—and we work hard to extend it. We worship weekly at 4pm.

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Philadelphia Restaurants that are Vegan Friendly

Philadelphia Restaurants that are Vegan Friendly

February 12th, 2016

Written by: Andy Battaglia | Nation’s Restaurant News

“The capital of cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches is showing its versatility”

Full Article  here.

In Fishtown, a favorite for breakfast expanded to lunch and then also healthy, hearty dinner offerings with a wide range of inflections and influences that are vegan friendly.
Website: frontstreetcafe.net
Number of seats: 120
Average per-person check: $20
Popular dishes: Front Street Big Vegan Breakfast: Tofu scramble with smoked black beans, oven fried potato, porridge bread and choice of vegan scrapple or mushroom bacon; barbecue pulled mushroom sandwich with smoked oyster mushrooms, veggie slaw, pickles and vegan brioche bun; Skuna Bay salmon with soba noodles, shiitake dashi, kohlrabi, baby bok choy, nori and miso butter.
What people come for: Organic juice bar, 16 local beers on tap, private event space, outdoor garden
Address: 1253 N. Front St.
Phone number: 215-515-3073

Philadelphia Vegan Friendly Restaurants for Vegans, Vegetarians and everyone.

Phila Style Magazine “Veggie Based Dishes”

Thanks to Michelle Cassidy (Yelp) and Philadelphia Style Magazine for their mention of Front Street Cafe in their recent article “5 Veggie Based Dishes Everyone Will Love”

Full article here.

Michelle Say’s:

“Whether you’re feeling peckish in the morning, noon, or night, Front Street Cafe has your veggie based dishes covered. Start the day with the vegetable hash, though you shouldn’t miss out on their oven fried potato, a deliciously genius twist on traditional breakfast potatoes” 1253 N. Front St., 215-515-3073

Veggie Hash w:poached Egg Best Veggie based Dishes

Check out Front Street Cafe full menu here.

Popular dishes: Front Street Big Vegan Breakfast: Tofu scramble with smoked black beans, oven fried potato, porridge bread and choice of vegan scrapple or mushroom bacon; barbecue pulled mushroom sandwich with smoked oyster mushrooms, veggie slaw, pickles and vegan brioche bun; Skuna Bay salmon with soba noodles, shiitake dashi, kohlrabi, baby bok choy, nori and miso butter.
What people come for: Organic juice bar, 16 local beers on tap, private event space, outdoor garden
Address: 1253 N. Front St.
Phone number: 215-515-3073

Not only is Front Street Cafe great for Veggie Based Dishes but Front Street Cafe is also aunique full service neighborhood Cafe open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The Cafe offers residents of Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods a friendly atmosphere and fresh menu featuring farm-to-table, locally sourced and organic New American cuisine with international influences. This unique space houses a coffee shop, fresh juice bar, European beer garden, outdoor terrace with garden seating, indoor & outdoor bars and private upstairs event space.

Front Street Cafe strives to offer the highest quality foods possible and utilizes local plant based farm to table and organic ingredients whenever available.

Make your next event one to remember in one of our private event spaces.  Our second floor can accommodate 60 seated and the outdoor garden space can accommodate up to 80 seated guests or 120 with the bar.  Flexible catering packages available to fit any type of gathering.

Reservations here.

Star newspaper notices the Front Street Flea

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Wheth­er you’re on the hunt for loc­ally craf­ted jew­elry or ar­tis­an­al soaps and lo­tions, Front Street Flea, hos­ted by Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front St., of­fers a wide ar­ray of items pro­duced by makers and en­tre­pren­eurs in the River Wards.

Great original article by Amanda Staller/Star Newspaper is here.

The first of a reg­u­larly sched­uled monthly event took place on Sunday, Jan. 31, pulling in dozens of loc­als in search of hid­den gems.

Front Street Flea Vendors

“This is just a beau­ti­ful of­fer­ing to give the com­munity and the artists of the com­munity a place to show their gor­geous­ness,” said Nicole Barclay, own­er of Front Street Cafe.

With Barclay’s love of the arts and Front Street Cafe’s vi­brant second floor space, the own­er de­cided the Front Street Flea would be a per­fect event for not just vendors, but the sur­round­ing com­munity to be ex­posed to artists and busi­nesses they may have not yet en­countered.

“I’m an artist my­self,” Barclay said. “I just  en­joy cre­at­ing and paint­ing and mak­ing all kinds of stuff. We had this ex­tra second floor space so we figured we would of­fer people in the com­munity a space to of­fer their things too.”

Barclay re­cently began reach­ing out to vendors and word kept spread­ing. The idea of Front Street Flea began to spread among many ar­tis­ans in the River Wards; the event is already booked with vendors for the next six months.

Front Street Flea is set to take place the fourth Sunday of every month at Front Street Cafe from 4 to 8 p.m.

The big vis­ion for Barclay is to move the event out­side, where vendors and pat­rons could take to the cafe’s out­door garden and bar.

“I’m hop­ing that when it warms up, we can double the size of what it is right now and really sup­port the com­munity in that way,” Barclay said.

The first Front Street Flea drew in dozens of neigh­bors, with vendors lin­ing the walls of Front Street Cafe. The Tin Goat, a Fishtown-based com­pany pro­du­cing all nat­ur­al soaps and oils, was one of the many busi­nesses that came out to show their products and sup­port the com­munity.

“This is fant­ast­ic, ac­tu­ally,” said J.R. Raudabaugh, co-own­er of The Tin Goat. “We’ll be back here again next month. This is an awe­some space.

With The Tin Goat up-and-run­ning for just a little over a year now, Raudabaugh is selling his product in sev­en shops in the city. Many of the products pro­duced are made with goat milk, in­clud­ing candles, lo­tion bars and lip balm.

Aside from bath and beauty products, many vendors dis­played hand­craf­ted jew­elry. Monk E. Burn­swell, 49, gave neigh­bors a glimpse at the nov­el jew­elry his busi­ness HM Pyro­tech­nics is pro­du­cing.

“We build ef­fi­gies in the sum­mer­time,” Burn­swell said. “In the win­ter­time, we play with fire an­oth­er way.”

In­stead of full-blown sculp­tures, Burn­swell sold items a little more port­able for those look­ing for their next buy.

“This is cus­tom bling. It’s jew­elry,” Burn­swell said. “I’m selling hand-torched stain­less steel medal­lions.”

If you’re look­ing for something even more off the beaten path than goat milk soaps and hand-torched medal­lions, Hedy Sirico, 46, gave cus­tom­ers a look at her take on ter­rari­ums.

“I design terra-scapes,” Sirico said. “It’s not quite a ter­rari­um be­cause it’s not en­closed so I call them terra-scapes. I like to put ar­chi­tec­tur­al ele­ments in­side of them like bones and little an­im­al skulls. It’s just something dif­fer­ent.”

Neigh­bors young and old came to browse the in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of items, pick­ing up hand-made trinkets as they made their way around the room. Fishtown res­id­ent Liz Palmer, 33, picked up a few items for her­self and dis­covered loc­al busi­nesses that she had not been aware of un­til vis­it­ing Front Street Flea.

“It’s nice to meet people from the busi­nesses around the neigh­bor­hood,” Palmer said. “I wasn’t even aware that some of these places were around here, but this has de­fi­antly en­cour­aged me to try to shop more loc­ally.”

With a huge amount of pos­it­ive feed­back for the first Front Street Flea, Barclay hopes that the event con­tin­ues to grow and that the com­munity and loc­al artists con­tin­ue to be­ne­fit.

“People have been lov­ing it. Even all the vendors are just so grate­ful to be here,” Barclay said. “There’s so much love go­ing on right now in this space and it feels really good.”

Front Street Cafe starts First Friday Art Gallery Openings

Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe starts their First Friday art Gallery openings this Friday February 5th 2016 in the upstairs second floor gallery space.

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This month Front Street Cafe is excited to be showcasing the Artwork of local Fishtown artist Kimberlee Traub on the second floor of the Cafe. Her work is exciting, brilliant and powerful and we are honored to be working with her.

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~ Please join us in a show as Kimberlee reflects back on the art she has created in Philadelphia over the past decade. Art on view will include pieces recently shown at various PEX events. Many of the drawings have been inspired by the local Burning Man community. Merchandise such as candles and jewelry featuring her work will be for sale opening night.

see more of her work here:
http://www.kimberleetraub.com/
Recent projects on view here and on Instagram:
https://www.facebook.com/Illustrations-By-Kimberlee-Traub-159724087396739/

Facebook Event here