Dept. of Déjà Vu: The Point Breeze Pop-Up Is Closed … Again

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On again, off again.

Stop us if you’re heard this one before: The Point Breeze pop-up beer garden was forced to close Thursday evening because of its ongoing battle with Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections department.

“We sent customers home. We sent employees home,” said proprietor John Longacre. He said the beer garden will remain closed throughout the weekend. Read more »

Point Breeze’s Pop-Up Beer Garden Is Baaaack

Two flyers about the pop-up were circulated  in the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Harrris’ office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

Two flyers about the pop-up were circulated in the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Harrris’ office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

The controversial Point Breeze pop-up beer garden that was shut down last week by city officials reopened on Saturday, apparently to plenty of toasts.

“It was the busiest weekend we’ve ever had,” said John Longacre, proprietor of the pop-up. Read more »

Point Breeze Pop-Up Closed by L&I, Confusion Reigns

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L&I has closed the Point Breeze Pop-Up

The Point Breeze Pop-Up that brought a pop-up beer garden to a once vacant lot on Point Breeze Avenue was closed by Licenses and Inspections. The reasoning being that the beer garden would need a temporary zoning change to go with its temporary liquor license.

Holly Otterbein then reached out to John Longacre, who owns South Philadelphia Taproom and American Sardine Bar and brought the beer garden to Point Breeze, for an update. Longacre told Otterbein that when a representative went to appeal the cease-and-desist order today, that the temporary zoning change that Longacre appealed for last week, should have prevented the cease-and-desist order from being issued.

Now, Longacre is attempting to find out if this means he can reopen the pop-up.

But today’s Local Food Guide Launch Party, which was to be at the Point Breeze Pop-Up has been moved to American Sardine Bar.

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The City Shuts Down Point Breeze’s Pop-Up Beer Garden

Two flyers about the pop-up circulated were circulated the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Jordan Harrris' office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

Two flyers about the pop-up were circulated  in the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Harrris’ office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

[Updated at 6:15 p.m.]

The War on Pop Up-Beer Gardens is back.

On Wednesday, a beer garden located in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood closed after it received a cease-and-desist letter from the city’s Licenses & Inspections department.  Read more »

South Philly ReStore to Get Two-Day Grand Opening with “Fun Day” Events

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Image via Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia blog

Its celebratory, two-part introduction to Point Breeze isn’t the only reason for why you should be getting pumped about the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 2318 Washington Avenue. Real estate-wise, the 17,000-square-foot facility is anticipated to be a little gold nugget that will add to the neighborhood in more ways than one.

Indeed, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger, who is set to discuss economic development along Washington Avenue and the jobs this particular store will bring during tomorrow’s ribbon-cutting, believes the new South Philadelphia ReStore is “sure to be so much more than a great new place to shop in Point Breeze.”

In addition to occupying a previously vacant building and potentially stimulating more economic activity on the avenue, the ReStore will offer locals a place to donate gently-used home goods and acquire low-cost building materials, while also furthering Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing to those who need it. All proceeds from the store will go “towards the building and repairing of homes,” said Greenberger, per a press release.

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“Neo Bistro” Set to Anger, Confuse Point Breeze

Rendering via Zillow

Rendering via Zillow

Mike Pasquarello has successfully opened four restaurants, cafes and bars in Philadelphia including Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad and Kensington Quarters. And next on his list is Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal in Point Breeze. The spot is named for architect Buckminster Fuller, who popularized the geodesic dome, but Pasquarello isn’t saying much else about the concept.

We do know that he’s backed down from the “Frenchy-tapas fare” that was mentioned in a Philly Voice story. When pressed, a representative for the restaurant said it will be a “neo-bistro.”

What might that mean …

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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe Starts Serving Soft-Serve

kermits-soft-serve-graphic-940Kermit’s Bake Shoppe has a new summer options for you sweet tooths. The bakery at 22nd and Washington is now serving soft serve ice cream. The vanilla and chocolate ice cream is available by cone or cup and can be jazzed up in a number of ways. Add “cakey stuff” made right at Kermit’s, or go with sticky things like hot fudge or salted caramel “goo.” Other choices include crunchies like fruity pebbles and granola, plus fresh fruit or a berry blend “Cooli-o.”

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Point Breeze Gets in on the Pop-Up Garden Craze

point-breeze-pop-up-bus-400John Longacre, the man behind South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar and Brew is opening a beer garden at Point Breeze Avenue and Tasker Street. The Point Breeze Pop-Up is opening on Thursday, May 21st and running through Monday, September 7th. The pop-up will be open Thursday through Sunday. The garden, which will benefit Fair Food, will offer draft beer and cider, plus food from a rotating cast of food trucks.

The first events scheduled for the Point Breeze Pop-Up is SPTR’s Wheat Beer Fest. The event which is happening on Saturday, May 16th, will move to the pop-up location for this year’s tenth anniversary.

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