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First Pics: Karina’s reopens just off South Street

We’ve been keeping you up to date on all things Karina’s since they’ve moved out of their former space at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave. (where Bringantessa is opening up shop soon).

While Karina’s was originally going to move down the avenue a bit near the fountain, plans changed. It’s now reopened in the former Hoof + Fin spot just off of South Street at 617 S. 3rd Street.

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Welcome to Karina’s new spot. (Photo: James Jennings)

Formerly owned by Chef Pedro Beltano, Karina’s is now owned by his wife, Rosa Uzcha, who is also the head chef. Those who were keen on the the cuisine on Passyunk Avenue needn’t worry, they’ve kept the Spanish/Italian-fusion menu as is and are looking forward to life near bustling South Street.

Chef/Owner Rosa Uzcha (Photo: James Jennings)

Chef/Owner Rosa Uzcha (Photo: James Jennings)

The new space is a little more dynamic in that it has a great outdoor space that comes complete with a landscaped fountain. While they can seat around 45 guests inside, they hope to sit another 25-30 outside. Do-everything hostess Elise Lykins mentioned that they’ve already booked a bunch of parties and that anyone looking for a place to hold an intimate dinner-party should give them a call.

We bumped into Fred while touring the new space. He’s been a loyal customer since the days on Passyunk Avenue and always gets the Salmone Alla Griglia, a grilled salmon dish that Elise jokingly referred to as “Fred’s Dish.”

Elise Lykins and Fred inside Karina's (Photo: James Jennings)

Elise Lykins and Fred inside Karina’s (Photo: James Jennings)

The window seat (Photo: James Jennings)

The window seat (Photo: James Jennings)

The move also means they’re closer to Center City and will offer delivery from Spring Garden Street down to Bigler. We recommend  you bring a little bit of bubbly and stop down next time your down near 3rd and South Street.

The path to the outdoor space (Photo: James Jennings)

The path to the outdoor space (Photo: James Jennings)

Sit out back on the patio (Photo: James Jennings)

Sit out back on the patio (Photo: James Jennings)

- James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood  from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.

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3 Responses to First Pics: Karina’s reopens just off South Street

  1. AL July 22, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Seeing those pics makes me miss hoof & fin. Wish them luck but I’ve walked by Karina’s hundreds of times and never saw more than a half dozen people eating there. Don’t know how they survived.

  2. Dan July 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Karina’s was a great place when the husband was working the line but the food took a noticeable nose dive whenever his wife took over for a night.

  3. GB July 25, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Karina’s is the same as always – VERY GOOD. We had a great meal there last weekend.
    Too bad they don’t advertise more!

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