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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Le Viet undercuts CC restaurant week with its own deal

To the hustle of hospitality industry folks and the delight of college students, suburban soccer moms and just about everyone else, Center City District will be rolling out their winter 2013 Restaurant Week next week from river to river in Center City.

Not wanting to be left out of the festivities because they’re south of South Street, sleek and modern Le Viet (1019 S 11th St) is holding their own incredible promotion, which started yesterday and runs through Feb. 1. Get a three course dinner for only $16.95 per person, half the price of the CC promo.
Unlike the bare and cafeteria like pho halls across Washington Avenue, Le Viet has a full bar and beautifully designed space easily worthy of a date night.

Se the full Le Viet Restaurant Week menu after the jump.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

NextFab studio on Washington Ave throwing opening party

Washington Avenue is about to become a lot more high tech. (OK. We know that an abacus is pretty advanced when it comes to the industrial wasteland that is West Washington, but seriously, this is pretty cool.)


The new home of NextFab Studio, a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center, is nearly ready at 2025 Washington Avenue in a refurbished warehouse, and everyone is invited to the grand opening party on Jan. 17.

Started at 3711 Market St. in 2010, NextFab offers its members co-working space (like another South Philly co-working shop), tools, printers, computer-controlled machine tools, electronics workbenches, tech support, education and software to support just about any artist, mechanical project. Aptly dubbed a “gym for innovators,” some the highlights of NextFab’s new 21,000 square foot digs include:

– Private studios with 24/7 access
– Executive conference rooms,
– Classroom with 12 PCs and A/V system
– Drive in loading and unloading dock with a forklift for giant projects, or maybe King of Jeans signs
– Dedicated paint booth and wet lab
– Super high-def 3D printer
– Cafe L’Aube creperie cafe with on-site coffee roasting

(NextFab Partner Evan Malone also knows a thing or two about restaurant service, considering his involvement in Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 on South Street.)

From a couple weeks ago

Check out the new project for yourself at the grand opening party on Thursday Jan. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $16.37 and can be purchased here. The event offers an opportunity for anyone to tour to new facility, while attending demos of the new capabilities, and cash in on special membership offers. Here’s to Washington Avenue becoming the new epicenter of modern Bohemia in Philadelphia.

And an old panoramic shot of the inside from NextFab’s website

– Anthony Sica, @Anthony_Sica

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Green Aisle Grocery (new) vs. Avenue Cheese Shop (old) for the holidays

Photo via Uwishunu

Old school or new wave, East Passyunk has you covered for the best kind of gifts to give this holiday season…the edible ones.

Two Passyunk Avenue stores have put together packages to please both classic and nouveau South Philly tastes. For the purist, head to Avenue Cheese Shop (1724 E. Passyunk Ave.) for a holiday basket starting at $50. The “Best of” baskets start with a ball of sharp provolone, a stick of hard salami, imported pastas, and biscotti. The baskets are fully customizable and can be made friendly to any dietary restrictions.
For a more modern take on South Philly food gifts, Green Aisle Grocery (1618 E. Passyunk Ave.) is offering their popular gift boxes. Addressing important issues like booze and brunch, Green Aisle boxes range in price from $50-$90 or can be personalized for you. New items in store include hand-pulled candy canes from Zoe’s Chocolate in Waynesboro, PA. Green Aisle Brand Preserves also come in a ready to give $25 gift set, featuring some of your favorites you thought were gone with the summer, like cherry stormy and raspberry peach. For the aspiring brewer in your life, the Brooklyn Brew Shop $45 all-in-one homebrew kits (smoked wheat, chestnut brown ale, maple porter, or everyday IPA) provide everything you need to brew your own suds at home.
– Anthony Sica, @Anthony_Sica
Avenue Cheese, though it won’t look like that much longer
Teeny tiny Green Aisle Grocery. When you gonna expand, Eraces?
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