Connor Barwin, Mayor Nutter Dedicate Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze

Connor Barwin speaks at the Ralph Brooks Park dedication ceremony. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Connor Barwin speaks at the Ralph Brooks Park dedication ceremony. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation‘s first major initiative in Philadelphia was dedicated yesterday afternoon in Point Breeze. The new Ralph Brooks Park at 20th and Tasker streets was a collaborative project with urban development non-profit Urban Roots, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Mural Arts and many more. The area now boasts a full-size basketball court, a state-of-the-art playground, a community garden that will produce fresh vegetables for the neighborhood, and a fresh new work from “Love Letters” muralist Steve Powers.

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Martin O’Malley Is Coming to the Controversial Point Breeze Beer Garden

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From left: Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) and an anonymous flier about the Point Breeze pop-up that was circulated in July.

The Point Breeze pop-up beer garden has had a lot of ups and downs this summer. Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections department shut it down in July, saying the property isn’t zoned to be used as a beer garden. A few days later, a judge ordered that it could reopen, but shortly thereafter it was forced to close again, and then it was soon allowed to, yup, reopen.

The beer garden’s roller-coaster season is ending on a high note for its proprietor: Martin O’Malley, the Democratic presidential candidate and former governor of Maryland, is holding a fundraiser at the pop-up on September 10th. Tickets for the event range from $30 for students to $1,000 for “chairs.” Read more »

Buckminster’s Names a Chef

Buckminster's, under construction in Point Breeze.

Buckminster’s, under construction in Point Breeze.

Restaurateur Michael Pasquarello (Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad, Kensington Quarters) is expanding his empire with Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal Streets, and he’s got a chef. Rob Marzinsky (Pub & Kitchen, Fitler Dining Room) will be the guy when the restaurant opens this fall.

Marzinsky, who is hosting a pop-up at Little Fish for the next few days is planning a menu inspired by his recent travel throughout Asia. Pasquarello is still calling Buckminster’s “neo bistro” which he defines as refreshed bistro cuisine. We’re still not sure what that means exactly but at least he has a very talented chef to pull it off. One more point to excite Point Breeze residents, Marzinsky told us today that he’s excited to be working with Kensington Quarters butcher Heather Thomason. So good meats ahead.

Follow Marzinsky on social media (Instagram | Twitter) for a hint of what’s to come at Buckminster’s. To get a taste of what Marzinsky picked up while he was travelling, stop in for lunch at Little Fish or make reservations for his four course dinner. The pop-up runs through Sunday, August 16th.

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Ori Feibush Gets the Go-Ahead for Townhomes at 20th and Wharton

The warehouse at 20th and Wharton has since been demolished. | via Google Street View

The warehouse at 20th and Wharton has since been demolished. | via Google Street View

We know all about Ori Feibush’s failed run at Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s seat on City Council. We know all about the numerous heated meetings about his developments in Point Breeze. Yesterday, it looks like Feibush has received some good news about the long-planned project at 20th and Wharton.

Naked Philly, a real estate blog whose parent company is Feibush’s OCF Realty, announced the project at 2010 Wharton received the necessary approvals to move forward with construction of 22 townhomes.

We’ll leave it to Naked Philly to sum it up:

Last week the project went before the Zoning Board in a marathon two-hour session, and the project was held for discussion. Today, the ZBA voted in support of the project. When reached for comment, developer Ori Feibush simply said “Hallelujah.”

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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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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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