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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Mexican restaurant with bar coming to old Gavone’s space

The former Gavone’s Restaurant at 10th and Wolf streets has been purchased by the owner of Plaza Garibaldi at 935 Washington Ave.

Raul Castro said he is currently renovating the building and has encountered some snags.

Adios, Gavone's

Adios, Gavone’s

That means the restaurant, which he was initially hoping to open this summer, is now tentatively slated for the beginning of fall, sometime in September or October.

Castro is concentrating on repairing the “major damage” to the building due to it being unoccupied for so long. Gavone’s closed at least two years ago and was foreclosed on. City records don’t yet reflect the sale and still say the building is owned by Wells Fargo.

Castro and his family have not decided on a name for the new restaurant, but described the fare as “home-style Mexican food, like the way my grandma, mom, and aunts cook at home.” The menu will be a bit shorter than that of Plaza Garibaldi’s, but it will still offer authentic Mexican food.

Castor's original place on Washington, pic from Midtown Lunch, who seemed to enjoy it

Castro’s original place on Washington, pic from Midtown Lunch, who seemed to enjoy it

Castro also wants to apply for a liquor license so that the establishment is able to serve margaritas and various Mexican drinks and beers.

Castro explained, “I am from South Philly, and I want to give back to the neighborhood. I’m a family person, and I like to do business and bring that business to my area. I want to give back to the neighborhood.”

Sounds great to us.

It also sounds like this place has the possibility to be LoMo’s Cantina. You know, one of those first restaurants that spur further development in their area, just like Cantina did for East Passyunk in 2005. This one may not be as buzzy as Cantina because there’s not a big name behind it, but Plaza Garibaldi’s gotten good reviews on Yelp and Grubhub for its food and value, though it doesn’t seem to be much on atmosphere. What do you think?

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9 Responses to Mexican restaurant with bar coming to old Gavone’s space

  1. Tom April 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I have high hopes for this place. Plaza Garibaldi is really good.

  2. J April 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Not sure if this will make it in a Italian neighborhood.

    • Brian April 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Lower Moyamensing actually has a significant Mexican population. Los Gallos, which is just across the street from Gavone’s, is doing well, and has a mix of locals and people coming down from other areas. I’m really stoked about this news, by the way. LoMo desperately needs stuff like this.

  3. Juan Carlos Romero April 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm #


    Felicidades raul esto es un paso muy importante para ti, y esto se debe al trabajo y las ganas que le has echado en todos estos anos. Porque nada ha sido regalado… Felicidades.

  4. Elodie April 9, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    I really wish it was going to be an Indian restaurant like it was suppose to be.

  5. SH April 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    No need for this place with Los Gallos right across the street! Kinda shady opening a similar restaurant right near another one!

    • David G April 12, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      @SH: Agreed. Someone should really tell those Italian restaurants to knock it off, too.

  6. Janis and Glenn April 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I sure do hope this new place is creative like Cantina and Adobe who both offer vegan options. Mexican food can so easily and deliciously be adapted. We live down the block and will be there if there is something for us to eat!

  7. Adam April 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Gavone’s was good but that place was a front. The owner was arrested a year or so ago as part of a huge mob sting in Philly and DE County.

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