American Sardine Bar Is Celebrating Its 4th Anniversary

American Sardine Bar - Vintage Sign

Remember way back when (say, five years ago) when long-time residents of Point Breeze tried to stop real estate developer John Longacre from turning the former Wander Inn into a craft beer bar? Their fears of gentrification delayed the opening of American Sardine Bar by at least a year.

But open it did, and fans of Longacre’s landmark South Philly Tap Room a few blocks away now had another place to drink high-end beer from cans and curb their munchies with fried PB&J sandwiches. Things haven’t gotten much easier for Longacre–what with community members trying to shut down his Point Breeze Beer Garden this summer–but at least the Sardine Bar still stands, four years after opening.

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Early Look at Buckminster’s Menu

buckminsters-logo-400Buckminster’s, the “neo-bistro” from Michael Pasquarello (Kensington Quarters, Bufad, Prohibition Taproom, Cafe Lift) with chef Rob Marzinsky in the kitchen is set to open at 21st and Federal on Sunday, November 15th.

We have an early look at the menu that tops out at $21 per plate and includes items inspired from Marzinsky’s recent travels and heritage.

And though dinner service kicks off on Sunday, Buckminster’s is hosting an open house with complimentary food and a cash bar on Saturday, November 14th from 6:30 pm. to 10 p.m.

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Developer Says Cafe “Took a Crap” All Over Opportunity

Looks like this location will be available in 2016.

Looks like this location will be available in 2016.

On the eve of an election day, this wasn’t exactly the drama we were expecting out of Point Breeze but it does involve Ori Feibush of OCF Realty, so there is that. A Craigslist post went up offering Breezy’s Cafe location at 1200 Point Breeze Avenue for rent. The ad sets the availability of the space as October, 2016. This was a surprise to Point Breeze residents as the cafe was a welcome addition and seems to have a loyal following.

On Friday, October 30th, Breezy’s owner Kristin Wolack responded to an article about the spot’s potential closure saying that they are not closing but are looking for another location in Point Breeze. In her Facebook post, Wolack cites issues with heating and cooling in the building as well as issues with water leaks. Breezy’s landlord is Feibush.

Yesterday, Feibush went to Facebook to respond to questions he’s received about pushing Breezy’s out and why he couldn’t make things work out. According to Feibush, he put $150,000 into the building, provided a year of free rent and covered Breezy’s security deposit to get the cafe open. Feibush feels that,”rather than take that opportunity and run with it, they took a crap all over it.”

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Fire at South Philly’s Sky Cafe

Flames were pouring out of the second floor windows above South Philadelphia’s Sky Cafe. Social media documented the scene as the building housing the Indonesian restaurant at 1540 Ritner Street burned this afternoon.
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Details On Buckminster’s In Point Breeze

Rob Marzinsky at the upcoming Buckminster'sSee that guy over there? That’s Rob Marzinsky and he’s going to be running the kitchen at Buckminster’s when it opens sometime later this fall at 21st and Federal in Point Breeze.

We’ve been looking forward to this place for quite some time now. It’s replacing Burg’s, a neighborhood bar that’s been in the space forever, and will be bringing to the ‘hood seasonal, market-driven menus that change frequently, a bistro vibe, craft cocktails, 14 taps pouring eight beers and six wines, and a seven-day-a-week schedule with late hours at the bar. Right from the start, owner Michael Pasquarello has been comparing his and Marzinsky’s concept to a new wave of Parisian and European bistros where young chefs are rethinking traditional menus and bringing casual, personal gastropub influences to their kitchens.

There’s even a name for this new style. They call it…

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Green Changes In Store for Point Breeze and East Poplar

Top: Wharton Square; bottom: John F. Street Community Center | Images via Google Street View

Top: Wharton Square; bottom: John F. Street Community Center | Images via Google Street View

Years from now, when all is said and done, Philadelphia will have reduced the stormwater pollution entering its rivers and streams by an estimated 85 percent. At least, this is what the city hopes to achieve by implementing projects from its Green City, Clean Waters plan, a program spearheaded by the Philadelphia Water Department.

This week, the ambitious plan rears its head in East Poplar and Point Breeze where residents are set to hear updated green infrastructure improvement plans slated for their respective neighborhoods.

In the case of East Poplar, earlier community feedback was used to inform plans for green stormwater infrastructure surrounding the East Poplar Playground, athletic field, and area streets.

“Our goal is to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater entering local sewers that connect to the Delaware River with green tools that beautify the area – but we’re working with neighbors to make sure that doesn’t impact community gardens or people playing sports on the field,” says PWD’s Philly Watersheds Blog, whose representatives will be meeting with neighbors on the plans’ progress Wednesday, October 14th.

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This Saturday: South Philly SausageFest

south-philly-sausagefest-400This Saturday, September 12th the first ever South Philly SausageFest will be held on West Passyunk Avenue between Broad and 15th Streets. The event benefits the Newbold Community Development Corporation’s Street Cleaning Program.

The event will feature seven nearby restaurants, each doing their own take on a sausage. That means everything from Kielbasy-on-a-stick to Indian veggie sausage. Six local brewers will also be onhand to showcase their best fall beers.

Live music will also be on hand, featuring local bands like Swift Technique, the Whips, Callowhill, and Taylor Ash.

The event is kid friendly too with a free Kidzone a face painter.

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Kermit’s Has an End of Summer Pizza

kermits-end-of-summer-pizza-400Kermit’s Bake Shoppe is running a special end of summer pizza this weekend and it has our favorites, local corn and tomatoes . It’s a white sauce pizza with house made mozzarella, tomatoes and corn, and finished with freshly grated ricotta salata, basil and sea salt.

The pizza is available as a whole pie ($20) and by the slice ($3.25). Like summer, this pizza won’t last forever.

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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


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 »

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