The Chinatown Wawa at 1038 Arch Street has closed. The location, which was the smallest of Center City’s Wawa stores, shuttered at midnight, Sunday June 7th. A spokesperson told Philly.com’s Michael Klein that Wawa wants to find another location in the area.
The Chinatown Wawa was always a bit of an anomaly, besides its size, it may have been the dirtiest Wawa store we’ve ever visited.
The Wawa closure leaves Center City with four location of the convenience chain.
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Kevin Sbraga at Juniper Commons
Kevin Sbraga’s salute to the 1980s is closing. Juniper Commons will close after service on Saturday, May 30th. The restaurant at Broad and South will shutter after less than six months. Although the 80s theme was highly anticipated, it was not well received by critics who felt the concept aimed (and hit) a middlebrow bulls-eye.
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Photo by Frances Olson
When we first learned that Konstantinos Pitsillades was opening Kanella South at 757 S Front Street, it did not occur to us that he would close his successful BYOB location at 10th and Spruce. But as I dined at the Cypriot restaurant on Friday night, Pitsillades confirmed he was closing up shop in Washington Square West as of May 31st. The proud chef also promised that the new location would be the same but better. He was particularly excited about the large charcoal grill and a wood-fired oven that he would be experimenting with.
Pitsillades says the Queen Village Kanella will open in June with a full bar. The Spruce Street location is currently on the market. The 46-seat restaurant (with 22 additional seats outside) is on sale for $350,000.
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After 30+ years in business, Pine Street Pizza at 12th and Pine has closed. The pizza shop has spanned a time from when 12th and Pine was a dark edge of the Gayborhood to now where its location is being touted in a real estate brochure as a prime location in Midtown Village, near Tria, The Farm and Fisherman, Mixto and Amis.
Prodromos (Paul) Bouikidis owned the space since it opened in 1983. His daughter Christina took over the business. The Boukidis family also owns Effie’s down the block.
No doubt, the corner location that includes the first floor and basement for a total 1,860 square feet will be an attractive property for someone.
For more on Pine Street Pizza, check out this story on Philadelphia Neighborhoods.
1136-38 Pine Street (PDF) [CBRE]
Roberto Cafe at 2108 South Street has closed and is under renovation. The BYOB will reopen under new management and with the name Ti Penso which, according to Google Translate, means “I think of you” in Italian.
When we get more details, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.
Ti Penso [Foobooz]
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]