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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Irwin’s, upstairs at Bok, debuts tonight!

Irwin’s, the new upscale cocktail bar and restaurant at Bok, debuts this evening with an invitation-only open house reception.  Passyunk Post got a “sneak peek” yesterday which we agreed to keep under wraps until now.  Check out the seriously-cool light fixtures and rustic-industrial decor.

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Street Repaving Redux

Last week we reported on the imminent repaving of the South Philly streets that were milled (stripped of the top layer of asphalt) about a month ago.  Sadly, rain put a halt to some of the planned work.  This week, the Streets Department hopes to complete the following paving projects:

Street re-paving work scheduled for the week of May 21st.

As we mentioned last week:

If you park one of these streets, watch out for temporary ‘No Parking’ signs posted in advance of the paving work.  Streets department cautions that, “Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.  In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.”

Freshly-paved South 11th Street just below Snyder Avenue.




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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Calling all ‘newsy’ people!


  • Do you peer behind the paper covering shop windows to see what’s going on?
  • Do you read the fine print on work permits to decipher what might be coming next to an empty space?
  • Do you step into open doorways when a place is under construction to see what you can see?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one of more of these questions…then you’re “newsy”! That’s what long-time South Philadelphians call someone who’s trying to keep up on the latest scoop, but not necessarily in a negative, gossipy way.

We here at Passyunk Post LOVE newsy people. We love it even more when newsy people SHARE their news with us so we can share it with everyone.

We can’t be everywhere. But YOU can be our eyes and ears on the street! Here’s the news we hope you’ll share with us:

  • restaurant and retail comings & goings
  • photos of building permits or zoning notices
  • new development rumors you’d like to confirm (or squash)

Send everything to:

If you’d like to contribute by writing a piece for us, or if you have ideas for a story or regular ‘column,’ please send an email to

We look forward to hearing from you!

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What's Happening in:  South Philadelphia West 

6th Annual Saint Pio Festival – today through Sunday

Your chance for a photo op with Super Bowl-winner Jason Kelce!

The 6th Annual Saint Pio Festival takes place today through Sunday May 20th at St. Pio Catholic Regional School, 1826 Pollock Street.  The festival kicks off at 6pm and features Italian food and desserts, amusement rides, games, and carnival treats like cotton candy. On Sunday you’ll have a chance to meet the Eagle’s Jason Kelce and other stars including Jack Griffo, from the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans.

The event is a fundraiser for St. Pio School, located next to St. Richard of Chichester Church.  Rev. Michael Reilly, Pastor of the church and administrator of the school, explained that “the festival started as a small event for our school families and the local community, but it’s grown each year. We come together to show support for continuing Catholic education in our area – and to have some fun.”

Festival organizer Janine Massi added, “This is our 6th annual festival. We’ve added new activities and entertainment each year to become bigger and better.”  Massi said the festival attracts visitors from Delaware County, Center City, Northeast Philly, New Jersey and Delaware, “We raise money for our school and have a whole lot of fun doing it thanks to our board members, sponsors and volunteers!”

Two special guests will help the school raise additional funds.  On Saturday, May 19th, Jack Griffo, who plays Max on The Thundermans, will participate in a photo op.  Tickets are available here.  On Sunday, May 19th, the Eagle’s Jason Kelce will appear at the festival from 6:30-8:00pm.  Tickets are available for a photo shoot with Kelce here (sorry folks, no autographs).

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Foodie Friday: Tasty bits to digest

There’s been a smorgasbord of South Philly restaurant news in the blog-o-sphere. Here are some links to whet your appetite, so to speak…

Northwest corner of 12th & Morris gets a tenant!

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Kline broke the news yesterday that something’s (finally!) coming to the retail space at the northwest corner of 12th & Morris streets (1646 S. 12th St.):

Separatist Beer Project, the onetime gypsy brewer from Easton known until recently as Sole Artisan Ales, says it has signed a lease for what it calls “a concept bar and beer experience”

Kline spoke with the owner Joe Fay who said the new bar would serve its beer plus wines and coffee. According to Kline:

He described the look as “modern Scandinavian.” The basement, with 10-foot ceilings, will be a kind of rathskeller, with barrel- and bottle-aging and a large table to be used for special events.

The bar could open “as soon as August.”

The space was originally slated for a restaurant by Chris Scarduzio. He bowed out before the building broke ground.  The retail space has sat empty since the building was completed about two years ago. See our previous coverage about the site here and here, and here.

1646 S 12th Street. Photo courtesy of E-Built.

Smoke signals

Mike’s BBQ, 1703 S. 11th St., received a nice review in the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.  Writer Emily Teel sums it up: “Barbecue in South Philly? Mike’s isn’t just blowing smoke.”

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Italian Market Festival returns – with a challenge to Eagles fans!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival returns this Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The event will fill 9th Street between Wharton and Fitzwater streets with family fun, fine food, outstanding crafts, live music, and Italian traditions like the Procession of Saints. This year’s festival also promises to help supply fresh vegetables to local schools, assist students struggling with dyslexia, and presents a challenge to diehard Eagles fans from South Philly and beyond!

Italian flags on sweet treats. Photo by the Italian Market Festival.

Pat’s King of Steaks, and its Spread the Whiz Foundation, is sponsoring the “Spread the Whiz Zone.” As festival executive director Michelle Gambino explains, “it’s all about teaching kids to give back to the community by playing with their food!” Children will be able to make their own cannoli to take home – if it makes it that far. Proceeds will fund a garden at a local school that will grow produce for use in the school’s cafeteria. The Zone will also feature a balloon artist, raffles and live entertainment.  Continue Reading →

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