The gateway to East Passyunk Avenue is about to get a new guard.
It’s been almost a year since Palladino’s suddenly closed its doors for “renovations”. But come September, the vacant corner location will breathe again.
The new spot is being opened by Joe Gunn, Casey Parker, and Adan Trinidad (the guys that brought us Sancho Pistola’s & Jose Pistola’s) and will be called Pistola’s Del Sur.
Pistola’s Del Sur, aiming for Sept. 1, will occupy the former Palladino’s, which has been empty since July 2016 after that Italian restaurant, owned by Luke Palladino, collapsed in bankruptcy. The restaurant’s pizza ovens will be used for Mexican pizza. The wood-burning grill won’t be used.
Don’t expect a tame look and feel at Pistola’s Del Sur. Parker, who is taking the lead in the concept and its build-out, said the atmosphere will call to mind the Jane’s Addiction album Ritual de lo Habitual – “trippy, sexy, and awesome. Music-driven. Right now, the outside looks like a Nifty Fifty’s.” – Michael Klein, Philly.com