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Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Front Street Cafe is proud to be hosting an art installation in conjunction with Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, Adrienne Theater & Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival.

As many of you know FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that stretches the imagination and boldly defies expectation. As the city’s lead experimenter in the arts, FringeArts exposes audiences to unpredictable dance, theater and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who are pushing the boundaries of art-making and redefining the artistic landscape worldwide.

The Fringe Festival, presented by FringeArts, is a 17-day, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at FringeArts’ center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.

Year-round programming is presented at FringeArts’ state-of-the-art center on the Delaware River Waterfront—a renovated historic building that also houses a restaurant and beer garden. Each September, the organization presents the annual Fringe Festival, a 17-day celebration that fills the city’s neighborhoods with more than 1,000 curated and independently produced contemporary performances.

For Fringe 2016 Front Street Cafe is the proud host of an interactive art installation.

Front Street Cafe & Fringe Arts
A Similar Fringe Arts Installation will be at Front Street Cafe, Photo courtesy of Bobbi Block

Tongue & Groove is installing a Before I Die interactive chalkboard mural, to be unveiled on Sept 8 at 6:30pm at its groovy location at the Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.  For the installation party they will have music from the booty-shaking Brazilian Samba band, Unidos da Filadelfia!  And you can enjoy delicious food, beer and fresh juices from the Cafe.
The Mural prompts anyone to complete the phrase “Before I Die I Want To…’
Anyone can add their hopes and dreams to it; responses from the mural will be added to audience responses to inspire each T&G Fringe performance.

The board will be located on the outside-facing wall of Front St Cafe at N. Front and W. Thompson Streets.  (frontstreetcafe.net)

Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater
Tongue & Groove Theater will have Shows from Sept 9th-24th at the Adrienne Theater

The day after the mural unveiling, Sept 9, T&G Debuts

the performance!

Sept 9 @8pm • Sept 10 @ 5pm
Sept 17 @ 5pm • Sept 23 @ 8pm • Sept 24 @ 5pm

The PlayGround at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St

Responses off the wall will be mixed with audience responses submitted at the theater.
The actors will use these anonymously-submitted bucket-list dreams to inspire a montage of hilarious and heartbreaking scenes and monologues.

For more information, video clips:  tongue-groove.com

Front Street Cafe & Philly Fringe Festival!

Philadelphia History Front Street Cafe

Philadelphia History: Privy Diggers & Front Street Cafe

The Privy Diggers
Producer: Michael O’Reilly   WHYY Philadelphia

Philadelphia History  Front Street Cafe
Old Bottles Philadelphia History Front Street Cafe

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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Philadelphia History: Brewers

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.


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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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.

Grand Opening Celebration

Join us for a week of Grand Opening celebrations January 10-17!

The Front Street Cafe roll-out is complete and we’re inviting you to help us celebrate with an array of community events!  Music, entertainment, tasting menus and more!


Front Street Cafe first opened its doors to the Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown in mid-September. Since then it has been slowly rolling out each aspect of the business in turn. Starting first by offering organic coffee and juices to early morning and evening commuters, as well as a wi-fi lounge for those looking for daytime work space, a new vitality was brought to the corner of Front and Thompson.   Continue reading “Grand Opening Celebration”

A Sustainable Business

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Front Street Cafe is the perfect example of a small locally owned business that supports sustainability in every aspect of its operations.

From initial design, concept development, to daily management, Front Street Cafe maintains these principles with the highest intention. The Cafe purchases all of their produce from a small local distributor in the neighborhood (Riverwards Produce) who sources as much as possible from local and organic farms. All fresh squeezed juices and teas are 100% organic and non-GMO while the coffee is sustainably harvested, Fair Trade Certified, and organic as well. All of the raw artisan cheeses are sourced from small family owned dairies here in the United States.

Front Street Cafe supports the local community through job creation and 90% of employees live within 1 mile of the Cafe and 100% live in Philadelphia. Almost all employees including owners walk, bike or take public transportation to work.

When the Cafe was being constructed, green design was in mind. LEED elements were considered in all aspects of construction with over 80% of the building materials being reclaimed, recycled and repurposed from other old buildings in Philadelphia that were being demolished. Continue reading “A Sustainable Business”

The Front Street Cafe to Remain Open All Day

Looking for a nice, comfortable place to go to spend some quality time with family and friends? Look no further.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Written by Thomas Beck, Spirit News

The Front Street Cafe at 1253 N. Front Street has extended its business hours from 6 AM to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and from 6 AM – 2 AM, Friday and Saturday. The Fishtown establishment — nestled between the surrounding areas of South Kensington and Northern Liberties — has become a hot place for the locals to gather.

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Front Street Cafe is now open all day. Their coffee shop stays open late night while the restaurant kitchen is still open.

Front Street Cafe Now Open All Day

No matter what time it is, the new Fishtown coffee house/juice bar/restaurant/bar has something for everyone.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Written by Sandy Smith, Foobooz, PhillyMag.com

After gradually expanding its operations from breakfast into lunch/brunch, then into dinner, Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe celebrated with an official opening party last night.

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Front Street Cafe features an outdoor dining patio and garden with a secondary bar for the warm weather days.

8 Best New Under-the-Radar Restaurants in Philly

Monday, November 9, 2015
Written by Caroline Russock, Zagat

From high-profile debuts to new neighborhood spots, 2015 has been another record year for Philadelphia restaurant openings. Yet, with all the hubbub around many of these openings, inevitably some places tend to get a little more airtime than others. Here’s a look at some new spots that are worth a second look.

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