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Category Archives: Passyunk Square

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.

Possible Pop-up Garden Coming to Italian Market vacant lots

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The Passyunk Post reported that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is interested in opening a pop-up garden in one of two vacant lots in South Philadelphia this summer. Both lots are located in the Italian Market neighborhood on 9th and Wharton Streets and 9th and Washington Avenue.  The foot traffic from Geno’s and Pat’s Steaks as well as the Italian Market could potentially drive a large amount of business.

The plan was presented last week at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting. Some neighbors voiced concerns over an excess of trash that could be produced due to the gardens.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society opened a garden on 1438 South Street last summer and hopes to open another in South Philly by Memorial Day Weekend.

Passyunk Square: Corner Clothing Store Property Up for Grabs

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A Man’s Image clothing store located on Passyunk Avenue.

Passyunk Square store, A Man’s Image, located at 1709 E. Passyunk Avenue, is relocating and plans to find a new tenant to occupy the 4,400 square ft. space.  This corner property is a prime location and could likely become the next new restaurant or entertainment spot on Passyunk Avenue.

This corner has been the home to A Man’s Image since 1980 but the owner, 74-year-old Abe Mandel, now has plans to hand the business down at a new location.

The intersection of 12th and Passyunk is undergoing a change with adjacent corner property, 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., opening new restaurant Bing Bing Dim Sum.  The Interior Concepts building is no longer on the market but little by little this Passyunk Avenue corner will be completely redeveloped. It is exciting to see how far this area has come and how much the future still holds. As for right now, we will wait and see.

Passyunk Square Open Houses & The Best Block for Holiday Lights

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Photo courtesy of VisitPhilly.com

In the heart of South Philly’s Passyunk Square neighborhood, the 1600 block of South 13th Street (between Morris and Tasker Streets) was named as one of America’s Best Streets for Christmas Lights by the Huffington Post.  Every year gets better with the “Miracle on 13th Street” lights display.

We highly suggest that you visit the Passyunk Square neighborhood this Sunday, not only for the beautiful Christmas lights on 13th Street but the open houses as well!

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.

For more featured listings in the Passyunk Square neighborhood, click here.

Check out this Sunday’s Open Houses in Passyunk Square.

1215 S. 7th Street
4 bedrooms/2.1 baths
608 Federal Street
3 bedrooms/1 bath
646 Wharton Street
2 bedrooms/2 baths
1247 S. Marshall Street
2 bedrooms/1 bath

Apartments Proposed for Lot Across From Pat’s Steaks

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Photo via Google Street View

According to the Passyunk Post, apartment plans have been proposed for the lot located at 827-29 Wharton Street, across the street from Pat’s King of Steaks.  Passyunk Square resident and developer, Paul Mirabello, recently purchased the property and plans to construct a four-story building with over 6,000 square feet of commercial space and 21 apartments.

Preliminary plans were presented at a zoning meeting for the Passyunk Square Civic Association, reported the Passyunk Post.  There was not an overwhelming amount of opposition from the surrounding neighbors. The only concerns that arose involved the height of the structure and parking. Some suggested single family homes instead but the developer, Mirabello, insisted that apartments are a better fit for this particular lot.

The Passyunk Post also reported that Mirabello will not proceed with development until he has full support from the neighborhood.  Maria Olivieri, former owner of 827-29 Wharton Street, is a member of the family that owns Pat’s Steaks.

The 8,000 square foot lot is located in a great area for redevelopment with the Italian Market and Passyunk Square in walking distance.  Currently, there are murals next to the lot of famous, local entertainers like Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon.

Former AC restaurant coming to Passyunk Avenue

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Photo courtesy of Friday Architects/Planners, Inc.

Palladino’s Steakhouse, formerly located at Harrah’s Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, has relocated to its new home on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia.

Located at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave., right off of the intersection at Broad Street and Passyunk Avenue, Palladino’s is expected to open at some point in November.  According to the restaurant’s website, Chef Luke Palladino will bring his top-notch Italian cuisine featuring lunch, dinner and late-night bar items with indoor and outdoor seating.

The website also notes that convenient parking will be available but does not specify as to where.  The Passyunk Square area is typically busy with traffic and parking is usually difficult. If a close-by parking lot is available for Palladino’s diners that would definitely be a plus!

Luke Palladino owns two other restaurants in New Jersey.  The Passyunk Post reported that the steakhouse will feature 80 seats with specialized cocktail and wine lists as well as 40 outdoor seats.

In other restaurant news, The Insider reported Brigantessa will also soon join the Passyunk Avenue restaurant district featuring its Southern Italian cuisine. The owners of Le Virtu, located at 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue, will open Brigantessa at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave, the former location of Karina’s.  Over the past few months, the building was completely rehabbed for the new bar-restaurant’s opening.  Brigantessa is expected to open within the next few days.

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

Just Sold: Passyunk Square Triplex

Center City Listings represented the buyers of a Passyunk Square triplex located at 1342 Ellsworth Street in Philadelphia!

Property Address: 1342 Ellsworth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sale Price: $397,000

2014 Taxes: $2605

Property Description: Turnkey investment property available immediately in sought-after Bella Vista! This recently renovated, 3-unit building features a studio apartment on the 1st floor with a finished basement (previously rented out as commercial), 1-BR unit on the 2nd floor, and a 2-BR unit on the 3rd floor. All units feature gleaming hardwood floors, granite counter tops in the kitchens, and in-unit laundry hook-ups with included washers and dryers. The units are already metered separately for electric, and a hard-wired fire protection system throughout the building gives you and your tenants added peace of mind. Situated just off Broad Street, tenants are within walking distance of City Hall and all of the Broad St. attractions. For those needing public transit, the closest subway stop is just a few minutes away. The ideal location will get tenants through the door, while the amazing condition of the units will keep them there. Truly an amazing investment opportunity that will pay you for years to come…call today!

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Sunday Open Houses: Passyunk Square

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the vibrant Passyunk Square neighborhood of South Philadelphia.

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.

Featured Open House: 1814 S. Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
Interior Square Ft: 1,024
2014 Taxes: $2,236
Lot Dimensions: 14 x 48

Located one block from Passyunk Avenue, this bright beautiful home has been completely renovated, boasting an open concept main floor. The kitchen has new stainless appliances, new oversized kitchen sink, new granite countertops, including granite peninsula with counter seating. The original inlaid hardwood floors have been restored and refinished. The finished basement has brand new wall-to-wall carpeting and plenty of extra storage. The second floor offers a generous master bedroom with custom built walk in closet. The fully tiled bathroom with oiled bronze finishes includes a Jacuzzi tub. Central AC, new roof, new plumbing, new electric make this the best deal in HOT Passyunk Square. The large yard includes corner planter.

Listing Description and Photos Courtesy of SRS Real Estate.

907 Greenwich Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
913 Federal Street
3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
1313 McKean Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
1310 Tasker Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms

If you are interested in purchasing a home, please contact the Center City Listings team today!