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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

The 215 literary festival ‘takes over’ East Passyunk for the first time

215 festival

The literatti is descending on East Passyunk.

For the first time, the literary 215 Festival will “take over” the neighborhood, which will host a day’s worth of events honoring the spoken, written and visualized word on Oct. 19. It’s the first year the festival has dipped south of Center City, so now we  can experience our foodie street in a whole new way, chewing on words as opposed to vittles.

The kick-off event at 1 p.m. at the Singing Fountain will feature readings from the festival’s founder, Neal Pollack, and a Type-In Orchestra. Celebrating the art of “Slow Writing,” Type-Ins (think sit-ins) feature people hammering away on manual typewriters – the “music” of the orchestra being the clicks, zings and rattles of the machines.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Another new coffee shop coming to 10th and Carpenter

We’re hearing scuttlebutt about a new business at 10th and Carpenter in Bella Vista, where a series of coffee shops have closed in recent years.

It’s a coffee shop. Rumor has it that this one will have fair-sourced, organic coffee, but that’s about all the info we have on it.

10th and Carpenter

The spot has hosted a number of cafes, including Mazag, Filter and inFusion, but it’s sat empty for over a year. Located across from Bardascino Park on a mostly residential street, the space is perfect for local folk looking to sit out and enjoy a bev away from the weekend bustle of the Italian Market just a block away.

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South Philly is for lovers, right? Things to do on Valentine’s Day, 14 and counting

Ohh, my heart! Isn’t that a-DOR-able?

Some people hate Valentine’s Day, but they’re all bitter. Kidding, kidding. But in case you were on the search for something to do that night, here are a few options, some more glamorous than others. We’ll keep adding to this list as we hear about more events. And if you know of anything else happening, leave it in the comments or email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

To getting some!

1) For the veg crowd
Miss Rachel’s Pantry – Farmhouse Table Special Valentine’s Day menu at their Farmhouse Table.
3 nights – 2/14, 2/15, 2/16. http://www.missrachelspantry.com/happenings

2) For the intimate experience

Will BYOB
In lieu of the a la carte menu, Will is featuring a 5 course tasting menu for $65.  Will accommodate any dietary restriction.  http://willbyob.com/Sunday_Prix_Fixe_2.html

3) For the Hater

Devil’s Den Anti-Valentine’s Day
Instead of serving love- or aphrodisiac-themed bevvies, Devil’s Den is offering $1 off beers that remind us of our exes.  Examples: Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch, Weyerbacher’s Blithering Idiot, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, AleSmith Horny Devil and others.  The fun(?) starts at 7pm.

4) For the big spender

Ruby Buffet on S. Columbus is hosting a Valentine’s Day Lobster & Seafood Buffet on February 14 from 3-10pm.  $15.99 for adults, $8.99 for children ages 2-10.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Washington Ave. restaurant will be a sandwich place

Back in December we told you that some kind of restaurant is in the works at 525 Washington Ave., in the corner of Queen Village. Well, Naked Philly was able to scrounge up a bit more info.

525 Washington Ave., in October. But it will be a lunch spot, apparently

They say it will be a lunch spot and added a few more tidbits, including the style of food (sandwiches) and provisos set by the Queen Village Neighborhood Association (no “loitering” employees and no alcohol…ever). That was in response to some neighbors’ concerns.

We still haven’t gotten word of a set timeline, but NP reported that the opening would be within a few months. While South Philly in general is loaded with sandwich shops, author Lou Mancinelli points out that in this particular neighborhood, where ethnic food abounds, not so much.

We’re continuing to be on the lookout for more details as they come available. Drop us a line at punk@passyunkpost.com if you get word on what’s going on over there — or anywhere for that matter.

- Caroline Voyles, @CarolineVoyles

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