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Foodie Friday: Tasty bits to digest

There’s been a smorgasbord of South Philly restaurant news in the blog-o-sphere. Here are some links to whet your appetite, so to speak…


Northwest corner of 12th & Morris gets a tenant!

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Kline broke the news yesterday that something’s (finally!) coming to the retail space at the northwest corner of 12th & Morris streets (1646 S. 12th St.):

Separatist Beer Project, the onetime gypsy brewer from Easton known until recently as Sole Artisan Ales, says it has signed a lease for what it calls “a concept bar and beer experience”

Kline spoke with the owner Joe Fay who said the new bar would serve its beer plus wines and coffee. According to Kline:

He described the look as “modern Scandinavian.” The basement, with 10-foot ceilings, will be a kind of rathskeller, with barrel- and bottle-aging and a large table to be used for special events.

The bar could open “as soon as August.”

The space was originally slated for a restaurant by Chris Scarduzio. He bowed out before the building broke ground.  The retail space has sat empty since the building was completed about two years ago. See our previous coverage about the site here and here, and here.

1646 S 12th Street. Photo courtesy of E-Built. www.ebuiltinc.com


Smoke signals

Mike’s BBQ, 1703 S. 11th St., received a nice review in the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.  Writer Emily Teel sums it up: “Barbecue in South Philly? Mike’s isn’t just blowing smoke.”


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Weekend events primer – May Day edition

Friday, May 4

  • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 3rd Annual Spirits & History at Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s Church), 916 Swanson St. Hear stories of the Swedish trailblazers now resting at Old Swede’s graveyard while tasting spirits matched to their life-and-times. Food & drink, story telling and jazz. Proceeds benefit the preservation of Gloria Dei Church. Get tickets at the door, or here.

Saturday, May 5th

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Tonight: Get your “Groove On!”

Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater presents “Groove On!” tonight at L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street. The fundraiser will feature daring displays of the other talents of the ensemble’s members which includes two South Philly residents.

Tongue & Groove is a Philly-based improvised theater group founded in 2006.  In their regular shows, the group anonymously collects thoughts from audience members which they then use to create improvised scenes and monologues.

Tonight’s show is more of a talent show-meets-fundraiser.

The Tongue & Groove troop. South Philadelphia resident Beth Dougherty is shown in the lower left corner of this photo.

Various cast members will showcase their skills which include cabaret singer, magician and drummer.  They’ll be joined by special guests to offer a fun-filled evening.

Ensemble member and East Passyunk Crossing resident, Beth Dougherty, noted that the group just received non-profit status through CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia.  The fundraiser will help the group meet their mission of helping people connect in a disconnected world. “A show like ours [in which] we create the content from suggestions we receive from the audience…connects everyone who is present…we help to bring people together…and everyone walks out feeling the same good feeling together,” Dougherty explained.

Dougherty, a founding member of the company, was invited to join by company director Bobbi Block. Off-stage, Dougherty has served on the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association board since 2008 and helped form its Education Committee. She loves the creative opportunity the ensemble affords her,  “I love my work and my community activism and involvement, but there is nothing like getting up on stage and creating a show from scratch like we do.”

While creating a show from scratch might seem stressful to some, Dougherty notes, “it’s really more fun than anything to get the suggestions and get out there and put it all together.  The challenge can be trying to be “funny” – sometimes if you aren’t getting as many laughs as you would like, there is the tendency to push something and try too hard to be funny, which almost always backfires.”  She enjoys the group’s camaraderie, “they are wonderful, funny, creative and inspiring, and I love to be around them!”

Check out the group’s talents tonight by purchasing tickets here.

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Happy 8th Anniversary, Brauhaus Schmitz

Philadelphia’s most authentic German bierhall, Brauhaus Schmitz, will celebrate their 8th Anniversary with a beer-fueled, Bavarian-style party as only they know how.

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“One thing we have proved we know how to do over the years is throw a party,” says owner Doug Hager. “This one is eight years in the making, and we’re pulling out all the stops, starting with the introduction of our Stein Verein, or Mug Club. Members will be treated like family every single time they step inside our beautiful, authentic indoor beer hall on South Street.” Continue Reading →

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