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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

New American pub concept SouthHouse is in the works in LoMo

A liquor license recently popped up on the former Quattro’s spot located near 13th and Shunk St. in Lower Moyamensing.

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Get ready for SouthHouse

We talked with owner Thom Sueta (Pronounced Swe-tuh) about his upcoming new establishment SouthHouse — a “New American Pub” concept with executive chef Thomas Day. “What we’re planning is a blend of your neighborhood bars with some of the finer pieces of a gastropub” said Sueta when describing the experience at SouthHouse.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

SoPhilly Spotlight: Old School Charm with Modern Updates edition.

This week’s SoPhilly Spotlight is a charming Graduate Hospital home with a mix of traditional detailing and modern touches.

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The 960 sq. ft. home at 1826 Pemberton Street is located in a quiet neighborhood in Graduate Hospital. The two-bedroom, 1.5 bath with an outdoor patio is on the market for $410,000.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Free stuff! Win tickets to Theatre Exile’s season opener, ‘Red Speedo’

red speedo Free stuff! Win tickets to Theatre Exiles season opener, Red SpeedoTheatre Exile opens its 18th season on Oct. 30 with previews of the Philadelphia premiere of “Red Speedo,” written by Lucas Hnath, who the New York Times said “is quickly emerging as one of the brightest new voices of his generation.”

And the best part is, we’re giving away a pair of tickets!

To enter, just sign up for our weekly newsletter by clicking here or entering your email address in the field at the top right of any page on the website. No spam – ever. The winner of two tickets to the performance of your choice will be selected from our newsletter subscribers on Oct. 29.

Directed by Deborah Block, this production of “Red Speedo” features actors Keith Conallen, Leonard C. Haas, Jaylene Clark Owens and Brian Ratcliffe. This spare, pool-side drama tells the story of a discovery of a cooler full of performance-enhancing drugs, which sends Olympic hopeful Ray and those who circle around him into murky waters. This taut darkly comic, new play explores the battle between building a family and the business of winning at any cost.

The show will be performed at Theatre Exile’s Studio X at 13th and Reed. You can find more information and buy tickets on their website here. Just a heads up, some shows are already sold out.

Also, keep an eye out for the release of the trailer on Theatre Exile’s YouTube channel.

Good luck!

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

Guinn mural at Manton Street Park & Community Garden to be ready by early November

Philadelphia artist David Guinn is installing a colorful mural that will soon overlook Manton Street Park & Community Garden (MSCG) on the edge of Pennsport/Dickinson Square West.

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Mural on Manton St. in progress (Photo via David Guinn)

Guinn told us that he is looking to have it completed “in the beginning of November.”  Here’s what it will look like once Guinn’s vision is realized:

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Gennaro’s Tomato Pie to replace Da Vinci Ristorante on E. Passyunk Ave.

UPDATE: Gennaro’s will relocate to E. Passyunk Ave. from their Jackson St. location, The Insider confirmed through owner Mike Giammarino. ”We’re not big enough to take reservations and too small for larger parties,” Giammarino said. The new Gennaro’s won’t open until “mid-2015″ and will be BYOB offering courtyard seating. The future of the Jackson St. location is unknown.

Original: Well, this is a little bit of a surprise. Da Vinci Ristorante at 1533 S. 11th St. is “permanently closed” according to the restaurant’s answering machine.

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Soon to be Gennaro’s Tomato Pie (Photo: James Jennings)

Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, the award-winning pizza joint located at 1429 Jackson St., has apparently taken over the building and will reopen there in the “first quarter of 2015.”

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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Valley Green Bank’s dramatic transformation takes Best Overall Design at ‘Storefront Challenge’

The South Philadelphia branch of Valley Green Bank opened last June and instantly rejuvenated the corner of Broad and Tasker St. with bright colors and welcoming windows.

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The revamped Valley Green Bank.

Last week, Valley Green Bank and Metcalfe Architecture & Design took home the honor of “Best Overall Design” in the 2014 Storefront Challenge from The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative. Not too shabby when you recall what it replaced.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Witch Craft Beer Crawl to cast a spell over E. Passyunk Ave on Oct. 22

Looking for a Halloween-appropriate way to do a bar tour? The 5th Annual Witch Craft Beer Crawl is coming to E. Passyunk Ave. on Oct. 22.

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To participate in the beer crawl, all you need is to spend $6.66–you know, the number of the Beast–in order to take advantage of $3.00 craft beers at 13 restaurants along the avenue. Check out the map!

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Is the CVS Pharmacy at 11th and Washington sinking?

There were some tense moments at the CVS Pharmacy located at 11th and Washington Friday night.

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Here’s the scene Monday morning. (Photo: James Jennings)

L+I ordered an emergency evacuation and closure of the property located at 1001 Washington Ave. after the Philadelphia Police noticed a significant crack in one of the pillars at the entrance. A depression in the parking lot raised fears that the store could possibly be sinking. Say what, now?

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