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Category Archives: East Passyunk

East Passyunk Gateway Project Breaks Ground Tomorrow

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Rending courtesy of PARC. A lighting option under consideration.


According to the Passyunk Post, the East Passyunk gateway project will have a ceremonial ground breaking event tomorrow. In January of 2014, renderings of the project were released. The project was delayed due to budgeting issues.

The Broad and McKean Streets location will be transformed into a space with seating and tables, improved lighting and landscaping. The original plans for a fountain have been scrapped.  This intersection is planned to be brighten significantly with lighting, which will draw even more visitors to the Avenue. The lighting will be colorful and create an eye-catching ambiance.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation plans to have the project finished by June.  This will give local residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the new space at the start of the summer months.

Over the last few years, East Passyunk Avenue has transformed into one of the most popular areas in the city with award-winning restaurants and thriving businesses. On any given Friday or Saturday night, the Avenue is packed with visitors enjoying the wide array of bars and restaurants.

Blatstein Preliminary Plans Unveiled for Broad & Washington Lot


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Developer Bart Blatstein unveiled the preliminary plans on Monday evening for the vacant lot on the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue. According to the Passyunk Post, Blatstein presented the plans to local residents at the Hawthorne Cultural Center.

The project will consist of 210,000 square feet of retail space, which is expected to include a grocery store, restaurants and a bike shop. The Passyunk Post also reported that retail jobs will go to the residents in the surrounding community first.  Two residential towers will be placed above the retail space, which will total in about 33 stories.  It is estimated that each tower could hold 500-800 units.  Most of the units will consist of studio/1 bedroom with 2 bedroom options offered as well. Rent is estimated to be in the mid to high teens.  The residential units will have access to a private terrace, dog park and a walking track.

Blatstein answered questions from concerned residents about parking. He explained that each residential unit will be provided with one parking space, but is hoping to attract a demographic that mostly bikes or walks. The project’s close proximity to the Broad Street Line and Center City is also an increased incentive.

The project is expected to break ground before June 2015.

Craft Beer Express is Tomorrow Throughout Philly!

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Tomorrow, Saturday November 8th, kicks off the Craft Beer Express throughout the City of Brotherly Love.  Those who are partaking will get the opportunity to experience craft beer selections from bars throughout the city.

Local bars  all over the city from Northern Liberties to Fairmount will be participating in the Craft Beer Express. Participating bars include Kraftwork, Standard Tap, The Institute, Kite & Key, Pub on Passyunk East, Devil’s Den, Johnny Brenda’s, The Bishop’s Collar, Jose Pistola’s, The Sidecar, Brauhaus Schmitz and the Race St. Cafe.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online or at one of the participating bars. On the Craft Beer Express website, you can choose which bar to start at. The $10 fee covers a bracelet for transportation throughout the day. Buses will run every 25 minutes transporting patrons to the participating bars. Tickets are still available!! This is a perfect event for beer lovers who are looking to explore different neighborhoods throughout the city.




New & Coming Soon Restaurants in Philly

Photo courtesy of the Passyunk Post.

Photo courtesy of the Passyunk Post.

As the summer comes to a close and a new school year begins, new and upcoming restaurants are opening in Philly this fall.

Uwishunu.com complied a must-try list of restaurants new to the Philadelphia area.

Now Open

– Abe Fisher
1623 Sansom Street
– Dizengoff
1625 Sansom Street
– La Peg
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
– The Yachtsman
1444 Frankford Avenue
– Beast & Ale
4161 Main Street
– Bardot
447 Poplar Street
– Union Taco
4229 Main Street
– Forcella
310 Old York Road

Coming Soon

– La Colombe Fishtown Flagship
1335-1349 Frankford Avenue
– Tuk Tuk Real
429 South Street
– Brigantessa
1520 E. Passyunk Avenue
– Capofitto
233 Chestnut Street
– Lo Spiedo
4501 S. Broad Street
– Calexico
1600 South Street
– Victory at Magnolia
650 W. Cypress Street
– V Street
126 S. 19th Street
– City Tap House Logan Square
2 Logan Square
– Blue Duck Sandwich Company
2859 Holme Avenue
– Crime and Punishment Brew Pub
2711 W. Girard Avenue
– Big Gay Ice Cream
521 S. Broad Street
– Juniper Commons
521 S. Broad Street
– Petit Rôti
248 S. 11th Street
– Bing Bing Steam House
1648 E. Passyunk Avenue
– Joe’s Steak & Soda Shop Fishtown
1200 Frankford Avenue
– Kensington Quarters
1310-12 Frankford Avenue
– Spread Bake Shop
269 S. 20th Street
– Whetstone
700 S. 5th Street
– Aldine
1901 Chestnut Street
– Girard
300 E. Girard Avenue
– Turney & Safran at 13th and Locust Street
13th and Locust Streets
– Palladino’s
1934 E. Passyunk Avenue
– Brick & Mortar
314 N. 12th Street
– Tredici
114 S. 13th Street
–  A Michael Schulson Project
Midtown Village


Sunday Open Houses: Bella Vista, Passyunk Sq., Queen Village

Happy Labor Day weekend! Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the Bella Vista, Passyunk Square and Queen Village neighborhoods if you are in the city this holiday weekend.

1201-15 Fitzwater Street, Unit 304
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
Sunday: 12-1:30 pm
931 E. Moyamensing Avenue
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths
Sunday: 3-4 pm
617 Reed Street #301
2 bedrooms/2.1 baths
Sunday: 12-3 pm
811 Fitzwater Street
3 bedrooms/2 baths
Sunday: 1:30-2:30 pm

Open Houses at Closed Philly Schools

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Former Philadelphia public high school in Passyunk Square is now listed at $1,700,000.

Open Houses at Closed Philly Schools

According to an article by the Passyunk Post, the City of Philadelphia announced an open house schedule for twenty former school buildings throughout the city. The open houses are scheduled to begin on May 19th and continue until early June.  This is a great development opportunity that will contribute to neighborhood revitalization throughout the city.  Some of the old school buildings are over 100 years old and are in desperate need of major work.  It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the former school buildings. Interested parties are encouraged to register for the open houses on the City’s website.

Below is a list of open houses at the former school buildings in up-and-coming areas throughout Philadelphia.

North Broad Street
William Penn High School
1301 N. Broad Street
May 19, 2014
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Asking Price: $15,000,000
Point Breeze
Walter Smith School
1300 S 19th Street
May 19, 2014
1-4 p.m.
Asking Price: $3,000,000
Abigail Vare School
1619 E. Moyamensing Avenue
May 20, 2014
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Asking Price: $2,500,000
Passyunk Square
Edward Bok High School
1901 S. 9th Street
May 29, 2014
1-4 p.m.
Asking Price: $1,700,000

East Passyunk: Flavors of the Avenue

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Photo courtesy of the Passyunk Post.

On Saturday April 26th East Passyunk is hosting its annual Flavors of the Avenue event featuring twenty-seven restaurants including Laurel BYOB, Birra, Cantina Los Caballitos and many more. Ticket prices are relatively inexpensive ranging from $25 – $50 each for the five hour event.

If you are new to the area or are unfamiliar with the East Passyunk Square neighborhood, this is a great opportunity to check out some of the local restaurants and vendors.

Passyunk Square is vibrant neighborhood located in South Philadelphia. This up and coming area has flourished with real estate and business development. Along East Passyunk Avenue you can find award-winning restaurants, boutiques and other small businesses. Passyunk Square is a very walkable neighborhood with many amenities close by including the ACME supermarket, several special shops and restaurants. Spend your day strolling along the Avenue, checking out the specialty shops and boutiques. Then Passyunk Avenue delightfully transforms into a great nightlife spot with some of the area’s top bars and restaurants.



East Passyunk: New plans for King of Jeans to be presented next week


East Passyunk Avenue’s infamous King of Jeans building located at 1843 E. Passyunk Ave. may finally have a new development plan in the works.

Next week, developer Andy Kaplan, will present his plans for retail space and 12 apartments to the Zoning Board of Adjustments. It is unsure whether or not the plans will go through and be approved. That particular intersection of Passyunk Avenue is booming with business. It would be great to see a new store or restaurant open and bring life back to that space.

King of Jeans clothing boutique closed in 2009. It is a hot piece of real estate in a great area for business.

2nd Annual East Passyunk Ave Restaurant Week

Restaurant week is here! Well, in East Passyunk Square that is.

On Sunday February 23rd, the East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week begins and will last until March 1st. Enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner at any of the 24 participating restaurants on the Avenue.  Prices range from $15, $25 or $35 per person.  Restaurants are taking reservations now.

The Avenue boasts of so many amazing restaurants but our personal recommendations include:

Noir – 1909 E. Passyunk Avenue
Stogie Joe’s – 1801 E. Passyunk Avenue
Birra – 1700 E. Passyunk Avenue
Cantina Los Caballitos – 1651 E. Passyunk Avenue
Izumi – 1601 E. Passyunk Avenue
Le Virtu – 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue
Stateside – 1536 E. Passyunk Avenue