NOW OPEN: The Lanes at South Bowl

south-bowl-lanes-940The long awaited South Bowl has softly opened on Oregon Avenue, just east of I-95. The 26-lane bowling alley from the team that brought us North Bowl is currently open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition to being much bigger than its neighbor to the north, South Bowl also offers pizzas from a wood-fired oven.

The two-floor space includes a large bar, private lane nook and a roof deck. Grand opening festivities will be announced soon.

More on the food at South Bowl

South Bowl [Foobooz]

Here’s the Original “King of Jeans” Sign Being Installed in 1994

Photo courtesy of Steve Calabrese.

Photo courtesy of Steve Calabrese.

I remember when this sign went up – “what a disgrace” was how most felt but it somehow grew to be accepted and now loved.” – comment on Philadelphia magazine’s Facebook page.

Since news of its removal, people have been reacting with everything from genuine sorrow to pointed apathy. But whatever their feelings, people have been responding, something which has surprised Steve Calabrese of Uneeda Sign, the local sign manufacturer who helped make the original and collaborated with artist Angel from Angel’s Fine Art Studio to make the most recent “King of Jeans” sign.

Calabrese was kind enough to provide us with a few photos that he took of the original’s installation in the summer of 1994. Perhaps some old memories will stir up for you as it did for another Facebook user?: “And whenever anyone would look at this sign directly, Depeche Mode would play softly in the background…” 

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Philly Mag Offers Their Goodbyes to The “King Of Jeans” Sign

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We’re guessing you’ve already heard the news, but if not, the above photo should say it all: the “King of Jeans” sign in East Passyunk will soon be taken off its original spot. So what’s going to happen to it? More importantly, does anyone care?

You can see how some Philadelphia magazine staffers felt in the words they offered below, but there’s at least two groups in Philadelphia who we know may have taken the sign’s removal to heart: the East Passyunk Civic Association, whose zoning chairman David Goldfarb recently revealed the sign would be displayed at the Provenance Salvage in Northern Liberties (“under the condition that it not be re-sold,” per Philly.com), and the Philadelphia History Museum.

I spoke to Charles Croce, the museum’s executive director, who lamented not being able to acquire it for the museum’s collection. “Documenting the city’s history is what we do, […] we wanted it very much,” he said, explaining that the “iconic” sign represents a specific period in the contemporary history of Philadelphia retail. “Unfortunately,” he said, “it is quite huge” and there was “no place we could have stored it.”

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Morning Headlines: Proposed 2401 Washington Ave. Project Moves Along

The site at 2401 Washington Ave. as of August 2014 | Image via Google Street View

The site at 2401 Washington Ave. as of August 2014 | Image via Google Street View

Last month we filled you in on the plans developer Green Construction LLC has in store for the vacant lot at 24th and Washington, which after speaking to Harman Deutsch, the architecture firm signed on to design the mixed-use apartment complex, seemed poised to get the thumbs up from local neighborhood associations. But according to PlanPhilly‘s Jared Brey that only’s the case for some groups.

Brey reports the “oddly shaped” 113-unit development has received support from the South of South Neighborhood Association, whose zoning committee voted unanimously in favor of the project, while others were openly opposed:

But other nearby residents said that SOSNA’s support didn’t represent them. Madeleine Shikomba, of the North of Washington Avenue Coalition, said the project is too big and has too many units. Another Coalition member and Democratic Committeeman, Jonathan Purnell, said the development would make it even harder to park in the neighborhood.

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And This Summer’s PHS Pop-Up Garden Will Be …

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The Passyunk Post
was at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting when the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presented two possible locations for this summer’s PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden. Being considered, is the former Ice House location, just in from the corner of 9th and Washington and a smaller lot at 9th and Wharton, near Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks.

The 9th and Washington Avenue location would surely help the Italian Market be seen as more than just a daytime destination while 9th and Wharton already has a lot of energy, 24-hours a day.

The Post also reports that in addition to this South Philadelphia location, PHS is considering a second garden in another area of the city this summer.

PHS pop up garden could be coming to one of these vacant lots [Passyunk Post]

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Two Bells for Lo Spiedo

Murals by "Distort," the same artist who did the much more wild artwork at Alla Spina.

Craig LaBan reviews the Navy Yard’s Lo Spiedo. LaBan enjoys much of the menu but inconsistencies have him wondering if the South Broad Street restaurant can be the magnet that Marc Vetri’s Osteria is on North Broad.

The meats and seafood are obviously the main event, and each brimmed with a zest of the live-fire.

The spit-roasted octopus, in contrast to the roll, was magnificent undressed on the plate, its long, tender arms kissed with little more than olive oil, lemon and char. The spice-rubbed brisket was also superbly rendered, moist and infused with smoke. But I preferred it as a composed sandwich, chopped on toasted bread with slaw and horseradish, rather than as a lonely hunk in a pan, as it is offered in the entrée section.

Two Bells – Very Good

Lo Spiedo: Go for the wings, stay for the octopus arms [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Lo Spiedo [Foobooz]

You Have a Say in the Development Changes in Store for South Philly

Photo credit: pwbaker via Flickr.

Photo credit: pwbaker via Flickr.

Think Philadelphia’s South District (i.e., Grays Ferry, East Passyunk, Point Breeze, Pennsport, and Whitman) has a dearth in parks? How can the population boom be handled better? And for the love of William Penn, what’s up with Snyder Station?

Whatever your issues with the area, these weak points (as well as its positive features) will be discussed in greater detail at the next Philadelphia2035 planning meeting on February 9th.

According to Taylor Farnsworth at the Passyunk Post, Phila2035’s first South District meeting took place in December, an assembly that found locals voicing the following pros and cons…

The Food at South Bowl

south-bowl-purple-940Jennifer Choplin will be co-sous chef at South Bowl when it opens (soonish?) in South Philadelphia. Choplin, who has been in the kitchen at many Philadelphia restaurants/bars including Dock Street, Taproom on 19th, SoWe and others will be working with chef Todd Goldman, who is the chef at North Bowl and co-sous, Mark McQuown.

Choplin dishes to Food Junkets about her career and what we can expect from the kitchen at South Bowl. Namely, pizza, tots, burgers and something for young and old.

Get more dirt on the menu at Food Junkets.

Interview: Jennifer Choplin Talks about Her Move to South Bowl Philly, Her Pizza Education [Food Junkets]

QUICKIE: Beanie Sigel Home From Hospital

South Philadelphia-bred rapper Beanie Sigel (aka The Broad Street Bully) is home from this hospital today, after being admitted in critical condition a little over a month ago when he was shot in the stomach in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

Fellow rapper Neef Buck broke the news with this photo on his Instagram feed:

Alhamdulillah !!!! Masha allah !!! MY BOY IS HOME !!!!! @beaniesigelsp 🙌

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So far there is no report on how far along he is on his recovery.

Sigel was released from prison last August, following a two-year sentence or federal tax evasion.

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