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Escape the 1980s on E. Passyunk Ave. to close, residential units coming soon

Escape the 1980s, one of the city’s top escape rooms, will close its location at 1804 E. Passyunk Ave. on June 30th.  The business opened in August of 2015 in a former pharmacy that had been vacant for at least five years. According to a press release announcing the closure: “Building owner Vince DiBacco plans to develop a luxury condo unit[s] and [a] storefront. Construction will begin July 2018.”

Photo of 1804 E Passyunk Ave. captured by Google Street View before the trees were added out front.

The changes to the building required a zoning variance and were vetted at a public meeting of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association zoning committee on January 11, 2017. Plans call for the addition of a third floor to create three dwelling units above the first-floor retail space.  Roof decks (more akin to balconies) would be added to the back of the building above the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.  The top floor deck is initially permitted for maintenance purposes only.

The presenter, Ron Patterson, attorney for the owner, said the third floor facade will feature “a metal panel with wood slats. Lighting and a small canopy will accentuate the residential entrance.”  The plans were approved by the community and EPX zoning committee.

At the time the plans were presented, Escape the 1980s, which obtained an “assembly and entertainment” permit in 2016, was to remain as the tenant. According to their website, the business now hopes to relocate and add an Escape the 1990s room as well.

Photo of a group enjoying Escape the 1980s, courtesy of TripAdvisor

Escape the 1980s is an interactive game where 2-12 players figure out clues and codes to unlock doors and get through an 80s themed adventure. The award-winning game, conceived by Steel Owl Productions, was built in the summer of 2015 by Philly artists, programmers and engineers. It’s been featured in dozens of publications including USA Today and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

If you’d like to check it out before June 30th, go here.

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For the love of gravy

By Joseph Myers

As Sunday’s 4th Annual East Passyunk Red Gravy Cook-off commenced at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, attendees heard the pleasant strains of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore.” It was a fitting tune considering that a love for pasta’s pal – red gravy – had brought a crowd of 200 guests together.  The cook-off began with guests sampling 15 gravies, and ended with an unprecedented voting decision.

As the crowd grew, Samantha Gross, who organized the event for the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, kept busy trying to find more plates and cups to accommodate the throngs. “We experienced a problem that every event planner dreams of – we had a much bigger turn-out than last year – nearly 80 more. Luckily, we had amazing resources to pull everything off, and, in the end, everybody got sauced,” she said with a laugh.

“This event takes one of the many Italian-American traditions of the East Passyunk neighborhood – enjoying a pot of gravy with family – and blends it with the new neighborhood that’s developing around that culture,” said Darren Fava, who conceived the cook-off concept with fellow attendee John Raab. “We wanted to combine a food Italian-Americans love with the foodies who have come to love – and live in – our community.”  

Gross, who has lived in East Passyunk for a year, loved the mix of people the event attracted, “It’s great to see community and business leaders dining next to residents with their extended families. I’m very impressed at the outpouring of support from the community, especially the generous donations from our sponsors.” Continue Reading →

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Get Your Gravy On

By Samantha Gross

This Sunday is your opportunity to weigh-in on South Philly’s best red gravy at the 4th Annual East Passyunk Red Gravy Cook-Off.  Try fifteen different types of gravy with pasta, New York Bakery bread, salad, and Triangle Tavern’s famous vegan meatballs. Sip complimentary Vin Café wine and finish off your meal with Rival Bros. espresso.  

The competition brings together amateur and professional chefs for a blind tasting.  Over $400 in prizes will be awarded to winners of the Judges’ Choice and Crowd Favorite. This year’s panel of judges includes Geno Vento of Geno’s Steaks, Councilman Mark Squilla, and “Mamma” Maria di Marco, owner of Mamma Maria Ristorante Italiano.

East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association President, Leon Malloy, calls the event, “A celebration of South Philadelphia.”  He adds, “East Passyunk is known for its amazing food scene, and this event really showcases that in a fun way. We look forward to this competition every year as an opportunity for everyone to get together, taste some delicious sauces, have some wine, enjoy homemade desserts and conversation.”

The event takes place on Sunday, April 22nd from 4pm-6pm in the Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School cafeteria.  Enter the event through the parking lot at 11th & Moore Streets. Tickets can be purchased here.  All proceeds benefit the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association.  Kids 12 and under dine free!

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Take a tour of holiday lights in East Passyunk Crossing on Sunday

It’s that time of the year again. East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association will be hosting its annual tour of lights this Sunday, December 11.

Photo: J. Fusco via EPX

Photo: J. Fusco via EPX

The neighborhood is full of holiday cheer, with the Miracle on 13th Street looking as bright as ever and other seasonal displays around the neighborhood.

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Go bowling with East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association on Saturday

Are you looking for some Saturday night fun? Join East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association for a bowling night.

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On October 22, the organization will have all of St. Monica Lanes reserved at 16th and Shunk for unlimited bowling, followed by a raffle with prizes from some of your favorite South Philly businesses.

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East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association celebrating 10 years with rooftop party at Bok

East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association is celebrating 10 years of serving the South Philly community, with boundaries of Broad to 6th and Tasker to Snyder.

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Since a decade of service is a big deal, the civic association is hosting a party on the rooftop at Bok.

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