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Valet parking coming to the Avenue

Coming from Michael Klein at the Insider, two valet parking stands will be set up on EPA, one by the fountain, and the other in front of El Zarape.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp. is dealing with the explosion of restaurants on East Passyunk.
Right after Labor Day, two valet slips will be set up. One will be on the 1600 block of East Passyunk (more or less from El Zarape to Mr. Martino’s); the second will be on the western side (the Passyunk Avenue side) of the Singing Fountain at 11th and Tasker.
Valet service will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 till midnight.
Executive director Sam Sherman says the service will be offered at a deep discount for those who dine at participating restaurants, which will fund the valet company. PARC will pay the permit fees.

That’s on top of the valet service offered in front of Tre Scalini. We’re on fire!

Sub a valet stand for that white van
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NoLibs flair at 12th and Latona

The intersection at 12th and Latona streets has begun to look decidedly un-South Philadelphian, in a good way. That old warehouse on 12th with the weird flag mural stripped across its wall has given way to a project under construction called Latona Court. It’s a development of 10 towering, modern townhouses with roof decks, balconies and parking squeezed onto little Latona Street. Pretty pricey.

Towering over little Latona rowhouses 
Seven more to go

Across the street, the same developer just finished another modernistic apartment building with a weird, deep-set retail or office space on the first floor. There are also three covered parking spots.

Fancy facade across Latona with the weird setback. 

Plus, down the street, the recently closed Annunciation BVM school has gone up for sale, listed with Colliers International. That could make for one hell of an apartment building just across the street from the dog park and playground in namesake Passyunk Square. And some critical mass for the neighborhood to possibly fill that weird retail space above.

As to the fancy facades of the new buildings, we’re all for red-brick rehabs, but it doesn’t hurt to spice up the hood’s architecture every once in a while. Northern Liberties managed to mix it in just fine. Let’s get more of that into the mix, which is entirely possible as the neighborhood keeps attracting more buzz.

Old warehouse, photo via Naked Philly

Yesterday, Philadelphia magazine announced that George Sabatino of Stateside was named Best Chef in their annual Best of Philly issue.

Pretty cool, but now we’ll never get a table.

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60 second summary (storify)

Bourdain at Stateside via @hasminoo

There’s been so much good news for the Avenue the last couple days — Best of Philly for George Sabatino at Stateside, El Zarape, Cochon, visit by Anthony Bourdain, valet parking coming — that the best way to quickly sum it up is with Storify. Plus the weekend hasn’t even begun. [<a href=”http://storify.com/PassyunkPost/huge-couple-days-for-east-passyunk” target=”_blank”>View the story “Huge couple days for East Passyunk” on Storify</a>]

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