East Passyunk is one of the most bumping of stretches in Philadelphia. And with that energy comes change.
Just this weekend saw the opening of Grace and Pat’s. The owner of Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, Michael Giammarino has opened another BYOB pizzeria at 1533 S 11th Street, across from the fountain on East Passyunk. Giammarino is serving up thicker pizza than the Neapolitan pies he serves at Gennaro’s, but it wouldn’t be fair to call it Sicilian-style.
Today marks the opening of the new location of the Bottle Shop. Previously located at 1837 East Passyunk Avenue is now it is located at 1616 E Passyunk, next to Green Aisle Grocery. The new space is brighter than the original spot. In common, hundreds of beers available by the bottle.
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From the Department of Don’t Let the Door Hit You In the Ass comes news that the 3rd Street location of McFadden’s – aka that horrible bar somewhere near the cruddy cusp of Old City and Northern Liberties – is closing its doors today. And all God’s people said, “AMEN!” Read more »
Photo via Chickie’s Facebook page.
Chickie’s Italian Deli is closing after 21-years in business. The award winning deli is known for its Italian-style sandwiches, hoagies and particularly its veggie hoagie.
A Facebook message from owner Henry George stated:
It is with great sadness that after 21 1/2 years in business, Chickie’s Italian Deli will be closing its doors permanently on Saturday, April 11, 2015. I would like to thank all of my loyal customers for your years of patronage! It has been my pleasure serving the community for over two decades. Thank you to everyone especially my dedicated employees for their years of service.
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All good things must come to an end. The last bit of an ice cream cone gets licked, the last Kardashian gets married/divorced/remarried, the finale of the Bachelor airs and someone gets left heartbroken.
The PASS restaurant, Matthew Ridgway‘s take on a French Roadhouse, is one such good thing that is ending. The Rosemont, NJ restaurant will close this month, while Ridgway moves to another city. Befor the Pass, Ridgway has previously worked at the Fountain restaurant and opened Lacroix with Jean-Marie Lacroix.
If you want to pay your respects to the fallen PASS you can visit up until Saturday, April 25, the night of its last dinner service. May PASS pass on to a better place. RIP.
The PASS [Official]
The Philadium has been shut down by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue for taxes owed. Michael Klein is reporting that the South Philadelphia bar owes almost $20,000 in taxes and fined $1,400 last May for operating with an expired liquor license.
Whether this closure is temporary or permanent, the Phillies opening day on Monday might happen without the popular Packer Avenue bar for the first time since 1977.
City Paper’s Caroline Russock was just at the Philadium in January for her Pint Sighs feature (two screwdrivers, two Heinekens and a roast pork sandwich for $26.50).
Philadium shut down over back taxes [The Insider]
Pint Sighs: Philadium Tavern [City Paper]
Drink Philly has the scoop on Irish Pol, the long running Irish/Polish bar at 45 S 3rd Street is closing this Saturday, February 28th.
But the bar will resurface at 114 Market Street, the subterranean home to a club and eons ago, a restaurant named DiPalma’s.
No word on when the reopening will occur.
Irish Pol to Close Its 3rd Street Doors and Reopen on Market Street [Drink Philly]
Irish Pol [Facebook]
Menu boards by Hawk Krall
Keith Garabedian is closing his South Street hot dog shop after three-and-a-half praise filled years. Hot Diggity immediately seemed like it had always been on South Street and I never considered it would close. Garabedian shares a wonderful thank you letter to his customers, co-conspirators, chef friends and more.
Hot Diggity will be missed.
Read the entire letter on Facebook.
Hot Diggity [Foobooz]
Photo via Lola Bean
Lola Bean, which was seen as a gentrifying coffee shop when it first opened at 1325 Frankford Avenue is now closing after spending three months in the shadow of the latest symbol of gentrifying Fishtown, the mega La Colombe. Though the owners of Lola Bean didn’t mention La Colombe by name or allusion, it’s hard to imagine that the competition helped.
Lola Bean will be open through Friday. January 16th.
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Gennaro’s at 1429 Jackson Street
Gennaro’s Tomato Pie has made 1429 Jackson Street a bit of a destination. But the small pizzeria is heading to bigger digs on East Passyunk Avenue, in the former Da Vinci’ Restaurant. The new spot will offer a second floor and a completely under appreciated courtyard.
Mike Giammarino tells Michael Klein that the Gennaro’s will open on the Fountain on East Passyunk in mid-2015. Gennaro’s remains open on Jackson Street in the meantime.
Gennaro’s Tomato Pie to replace Da Vinci Ristorante on E. Passyunk Ave. [Passyunk Post]
Gennaro’s moving to East Passyunk [The Insider]
J. Fidance for Visit Philly
Nodding Head Brewery owner Curt Decker just passed along news that he will be moving the brewpub out of Center City. Decker says he has a deal but isn’t saying where he’s moving. Landlord issues are cited as the reason for the move.
Nodding Head Brewery has been on Sansom Street for just under fifteen years. Before it was Nodding Head, the upstairs location was a Sam Adams Brewpub. Decker says, “we have seen downtown go from ‘sleepy’ to bustling, to a new version with tremendous diversity. It has been fun watching the transformation, but now it’s time for a new adventure.”
The last day at the current location will be Friday, October 31st.
Stay tuned for where the brewpub will ultimately land.
Nodding Head Brewery [Foobooz]