Friday, March 10, 2006

What’s next: Flip-flop Edition

Federated Inc. has changed its mind and is not going to put a Macy’s in the historic Strawbridges at 8th and Market (connected to the Gallery). Instead, they’re putting the Macy’s in the historic Wanamaker’s building adjacent to City Hall, where’s there’s currently a Lord and Taylor. A Federated spokesman said the switch was made after the company received new information about the two stores, including that the Lord and Taylor was smaller, more recently renovated, and did not have gay prostitutes in its men’s rooms. [PBJ]

House of Blues wants to open a large concert venue on 16th and Washington to complement its smaller restaurant and club going in to the Packard Building (The Grande) at 15th and Chestnut. The development could include a grocery store, restaurants and more. Let just hope it’s oriented towards people, not cars. [PhillyBlog]

The owners of the Walnut Room on Walnut Street have taken over the space directly underneath WR and plan to turn it into an eclectic restaurant named Alfa. ETA: end of the month. [City Paper]

A new club is coming to town. Pulse (sounds awesome already) is trying to open by the end of the month as well. It’s upstairs at 16th and Sansom and warns us to “prepare to be blown away.” Wow, thanks for the heads up. [PaperStreet]

And, finally, Nineteen, the new upstairs restaurant, bar, lounge and cafe on the top floor of the Bellevue is days away from opening (the cafe is already open) and boasts the highest alfresco dining area in the city. Yay. All kidding aside, the space is money. [Park Hyatt]

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