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Spring Into Brunch

By Catherine Murray

With warm and sunny weather just around the corner, we want to share some of our favorite brunch spots in South Philly that are the perfect places to reemerge from your weekend hibernation. In no particular order, here’s where we are brunching these days.



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Events Round-up 10-19-18

Win Wing Fest tickets, explore FDR, carve pumpkins, and much more in the week ahead!

Philadelphia Wing Fest Ticket Raid
Come out to Sprint Wireless, 200 Oregon Avenue, for a chance to win tickets to this year’s Philadelphia Wing Festival on Saturday, 11/10.

When: Friday, October 19, 4:30-6:30 pm
200 Oregon Avenue
More info: Visit the Ticket Raid page

East Point Breeze Neighbors’ 12th Annual Happy Hour Home Tour
Hop from home to home while sampling food from South Philly restaurants, sipping ciders and beer from local breweries, and meeting neighbors. 

When: Saturday, October 20, 5 pm
 The first house location will be emailed to all attendees
More info: See the event page and purchase tickets.

FDR Park Exploration Day
– One-of-a-kind art installation “Carved in Water” by Karen Donnelly
– Guided walks by Let’s Go Outdoors on the hour at 12, 1, and 2pm
– Environmental educational programming for all ages.

When: Saturday, October 20, 11 am-3 pm
Lawn area between American Swedish Historical Museum and FDR boathouse
More info: Visit the event page.

Eagles vs. Panthers Green Legion Home Team Tailgate
– One of the best home tailgates in South Philly before every Eagles home game
– All you can eat tailgate menu
– Drink specials
– No line or cover to access Xfinity Live! after the game

When: Sunday, October 21, 8am – noon
Xfinity Live! (1100 Pattison Avenue)
More info: Visit the event page to purchase tickets.

Pumpkin Carving with Bella Vista Neighbors
Pumpkin carving returns to Fleisher’s Sanctuary for a festive celebration with friends, neighbors, and cool jack-o-lanterns. Large pumpkins, tools, and artistic guidance to help you create your masterpiece will be provided and refreshments will be served. 

When: Wednesday, October 24, 6-8 pm
Fleisher Art Memorial, 705 Catharine Street
More info: Visit the event page to register.

Annual Witchcraft Beer Crawl
Look for surprises on the Avenue, costume contests, food specials. Proceeds benefit EPABID’s cleaning and greening programs.

When: Wednesday, October 24, 5:30-9:30 pm
Registration at Garage, 1231 East Passyunk Avenue.
More info: Visit the event page.  Purchase tickets here.

Weekly Events

Singing Fountain – Farmers’ Market
Come and get your fresh, local-grown produce, Amish goods, among other delectable.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker Street
When: Every Wednesday, 3-6 pm through mid-November

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar Turns 80!

By Sandy Smith for the Passyunk Post

Happy birthday!

That’s how patrons who walk into Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar have been greeted for decades.  And why not? It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere every day.

On Saturday, October 6, the birthday was the bar’s own. And from 3:30 in the afternoon on into the night, regulars and friends from all over came to say “Happy Birthday” to the legendary establishment at East Passyunk Avenue and Federal Street.

Lou Anne Capozzoli, daughter of owner Lou and member of the third generation of Capozzolis involved with the bar, explained how the bar got its name.

“Ray was my grandfather,” she said. “When he owned it, and people came into the bar, instead of saying ‘Hello,’ he’d say ‘Happy birthday.’”

Lou himself is more likely to crack jokes when patrons enter, but the tradition continues: whenever the bartender rings a bell behind the bar, everyone in it shouts out “Happy birthday!”

“The bell rings maybe 10 times a day, easy,” said Lou, who grew up with the bar.

“My father bought it in 1938,” he said. “I was born in 1939, and we moved here in 1940.”

Over the seven years after Prohibition ended in 1933, the bar had had three different owners. It’s remained in the Capozzoli family ever since, and Lou does his level best to run the bar as his father did.

Owner Lou Capozzoli at the 80th birthday celebration. Photo: Sandy Smith.

Which means everyone’s welcome. “Everybody came here. Jewish people, Italian people, black people – my father was friends with everybody,” he said. “He was one of the nicest people you ever met. He treated everybody equally.

“And I teach my son in the same way: ‘If someone comes in and shakes your hand, say Happy Birthday to them.’”

Vintage photo shows Lou (back row, left), and Ray (back row, center, with glasses). Photo courtesy Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar.

Lou’s son Anthony, who was behind the bar at the party, didn’t have time or room to shake hands that afternoon, for the bar was packed to the gills with well-wishers who came out to have a good time and listen to live music. Continue Reading →

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News round-up

PlanPhilly reports that another Target may be coming to South Philly. The proposed development, at 5th and Bainbridge streets in Queen Village, calls for a seven-story mixed-use building anchored by a store “with a big red bull’s eye.”  While the prospective plans will please some, we’ll be sad if this handsome little building bites the dust.

Will a red bullseye soon mark this site? Northeast corner, East Passyunk and Bainbridge.   Google Maps.




The construction underway at Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Jackson Streets, is part of the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters program, reports the South Philly Review. Two underground storage basins are being installed beneath the site to collect storm runoff diverted from the center and surrounding streets.  The area above the basins will be planted with grass when complete.

The self-piloting drone of the future is under development in South Philadelphia, reports 6abc. The drone is being developed by Exyn Technologies, 2118 Washington Avenue, and a team from the University of Pennsylvania. The group hopes the drone can be used to explore disaster zones, inaccessible areas, underground mines, and underwater.

6abc also highlighted three new “spots for Southern cooking,” two of which are South Philly-based.  Acadia, 824 S. 8th Street and Mike’s BBQ, 1703 S. 11th St. are both featured in the piece.  The channel also praised Mike’s BBQ in a separate piece on sandwiches.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Morning news round-up

Lots of South Philly stories in the news…

CBS 3 reported on the South Division’s Memorial Bike Ride held in honor of fallen police officers. More than 50 riders traversed an eleven-mile route through the 1st, 3rd and 17th police districts. Riders stopped at three different sites where Philadelphia Police lost their lives while on the job.

Eater Philadelphia offers a look inside Burrata, which opens today at 1247 South 13th St. in Passyunk Square.  According to Eater, “A few notables on the opening menu include artichokes with white wine and anchovies, mint fettuccine with a pulled rabbit ragu, bucatini with arugula pesto and shaved asparagus, and grilled branzino with parsnip puree and a pomegranate reduction.”  The restaurant was formerly the site of August.

We were saddened to hear that the coyote caught at 16th and Montrose Streets didn’t make it, as Philly Mag reported.

A piece on acknowledged the pain many Vietnamese immigrants in South Philadelphia still feel about the fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975, “…walk the streets of South Philadelphia, particularly around Sixth and Washington Streets, and the past is present. The South Vietnamese flag flies from homes and businesses, at the entrance to New World Plaza, a big shopping center, and at the Bo De Buddhist Temple. At Tet new year celebrations and community events, the South Vietnamese anthem is sung.”

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