If you’re a fan of superb local journalism in Philadelphia, you probably read Mike Newall’s five-part Inquirer series on slain Philly transplant Beau Zabel, a naive, trusting, Minnesota kid who was killed near the Italian Market on his way home from a Starbucks shift in 2008. On the heels of his reporting, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office charged its lead suspect today, 35-year-old Marcellus “Ant North” Jones.
The Italian Market is getting a
topless tapas and paella bar. Torrero Bar is replacing El Costeno taqueria at 940 S 9th Street. Passyunk Post has some more details on the upcoming project.
Tapas place called to Torero Bar coming to Italian Market [Passyunk Post]
Posted LIVE from Foobooz on Location at McGillin’s.
Plan Philly has the story behind changes that are coming to the “Italian Market.” Changes to the city code will give the South 9th Street Business Association more power in shaping the mix of vendors on the block.
There are currently spaces for 160 carts along 9th Street but only half of them are full.
The good folks over at the Passyunk Post have been keeping an eye on Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom, which has been building out in the Italian Market for a few months.
Now, though, the place has finally opened and they sent a shooter over to snap a whole bunch of pictures of the lovely, bright and airy new space. Cardenas (as the name suggests) stocks a whole variety of olive oils and vinegars (plus condiments and other little things that come in jars), but because the place is a taproom, it means you can also taste the oils and vinegars before you buy–which is kind of cool because, seriously, who among us has tasted enough Bordeaux cherry or honey ginger balsamic vinegars to know whether or not we actually want to buy a whole bottle?
You can check out the full photo spread over on the Passyunk Post.
This Sunday, August 4th, 12 Steps Down will host a wheat and sour beer festival. The fun begins at 4 p.m. and runs all night.
A couple weeks ago, someone on Reddit published a photo of this handmade sign advertising marijuana plants. He said he snapped it at the Italian Market. The cardboard watermelon box, the little roof above the fruit stand—the surroundings checked out. But the brazen promotion was almost too much to believe. So, last Sunday, I decided to find out for sure. Read more »
This week’s trinity is on tiny South Delhi Street, right off of Ninth and Christian, in the beating heart of the Italian Market. The red brick exterior has spiraling branches and a Juliet balcony that give it a sort of old New Orleans look. There’s also room for plantings.
The enormous Ninth Street mural of Frank Rizzo is like the Mona Lisa of Philadelphia: that inscrutable expression stares at passersby–many of whom probably don’t even recognize the former mayor’s iconic mug. But what would happen to that face if Rizzo heard the assertion that the Italian Market should be renamed because the Italian population has been superseded by other ethnic groups?