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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

New business at 642 Washington Ave. will be electronics store

A zoning notice popped up on a Washington Avenue block that could use some cool stuff, but it turns out that nothing new is coming in after all.

Tran's business will now move next door

Tran’s Cellular will now move next door

Dan Tran, new owner of the property at 642 Washington Ave., proposed moving his electronics store onto the first floor there – from next door. He also asked to put two apartments on the second and third floors.

The interesting part is that the Passyunk Square Civic Association zoning committee voted in favor of half the proposal – moving the store – but shot down the plan for the rest of the building. Generally, when a committee votes something down, the owner has to come back with a completely new proposal before even the favorable part moves forward.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Stuff your face at the Pizza Olympics in Pennsport

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In what is supposed to be an off year for the Olympics, the South Philly Review is bringing its own version to Pennsport this week. On Thursday, the paper is hosting the fifth annual Pizza Olympics from 6 to 9 p.m. at Penns Landing Caterers at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd.

The event is promoted as “the biggest pizza party South Philly has ever seen,” and with at least 15 parlors competing it might be. Tickets are $15, which includes entry and all the pizza you can eat from each vendor. There will also be discounted beer and drink specials as well as live music, raffles and giveaways. Attendees must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink – standing room only.

The parlors that have committed to attend include SliCe, Santucci’s, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Bianca Pizza and Trattoria, and J&J pizza. Mummers (this is Pennsport after all) have performed here in the past so you can strut off some of those added calories by the end of the night.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

How ‘Bout A Hoagie at 13th and Jackson is now closed

If you walk past the corner of 13th and Jackson, you might have noticed this hoagie shop, How ‘Bout A Hoagie. Well, now it’s closed.

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We had high hopes for ‘Bout A Hoagie when it opened less than a year ago. Eater said in September that the menu, which consisted of breakfast, sandwiches, ice cream, and of course, hoagies, included some notable highlights:

The chicken cutlet Popeye sandwich rivals Shank’s legendary Italiano in terms of quality, and the Cordon Bleu adds tavern ham and swiss to the cutlet which is slathered in bleu cheese. The best part of the deal is the price: $6.25 for a large hoagie.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Pakistani restaurant replacing Latest Dish, but what’s with all the hookah bars lately?

A Pakistani-Indian restaurant called Kabobeesh will be taking over the location at 613 S. 4th St. that used to be the Latest Dish downstairs and Fluid night club upstairs.

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The former Latest Dish, pic from Yelp

The new owners, says the Insider, will open the second location of their poplar West Philly eatery downstairs and a hookah bar upstairs.

That makes the third new place to score a hookah in South Philly in the last two months (New Delhi on 11th and Amalia’s Cafe on West Passyunk).

The more the merrier, we suppose.

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