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PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden Announces Fall Plans

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Photo via Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Has the summer heat had you avoiding any outdoor activity? Have you felt a little guilty about not being to the PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden in weeks? Well let it be known you will have all the way to the end of October to enjoy the idyllic garden. And there will be plenty of events to keep you entertained. In fact the fire pits have already arrived. S’mores, anyone?

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Royal Sushi and Izakaya Hosting a Pop-up in a Pop-up

Jesse Ito's Tuna Guac

Jesse Ito’s Tuna Guacamole

Despite our doubts, Royal Sushi and Izakaya may be proving us wrong. The perpetually delayed Japanese pub recently told us they would be opening in sometime in July. We had our doubts, after the 5 year on-again off-again game they played with us.

However, we just found out the Royal Sushi and Izakaya team will be hosting a pop-up within a pop-up. Maybe they aren’t messing around this time. The team will be at the PHS pop-up garden on South Street this Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24, starting at 6 p.m.

As far as the menu goes? Jesse Ito said he will definitely be making his “tuna guac” with some fresh Bluefin tuna from Mexico. Philly.com also reported there will be two cocktails from Royal Izakaya, as well.

But don’t get too excited, Ito said this isn’t a test run for any menu items or a sneak peek at what might come in July. “I’m just doing it for fun and to keep my knife skills sharp” said Ito. “This is what I love doing.”

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WATCH: Empty Reading Viaduct Lot Transforms Into Beer Garden

Patrons gather at the 2016 PHS pop-up garden at 10th and Hamilton Streets in Philadelphia's Callowhill District. PHS built the pop-up garden to bring awareness to the planned Rail Park. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Patrons gather at the 2016 PHS Pop Up Garden at 10th and Hamilton Streets in Philadelphia’s Callowhill District. PHS built the pop-up to bring awareness to the planned Rail Park. | Image by Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

A group of Philadelphians has been working for years to turn portions of the Reading Viaduct, an unused, elevated rail line that cuts across the northern part of Center City, into an elevated park.

You’ve no doubt heard about this, probably in comparison to New York City’s High Line. In the past few years, Philly’s elevated park advocates have made some real progress. Last May, the city started the process of buying a portion of the rail line from SEPTA. Last June, City Councilman Mark Squilla announced that the city was giving $1 million to help develop the park. Advocates hope it will be green and accessible, and make it easier to get around the city.

And now there’s a beer garden right next door. Lindsay Lazarski at Keystone Crossroads published a video story that tracks the transformation of a former parking lot into the new PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park. Read more »

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