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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Dog bakery/toy shop called Amelie’s Bark Shop coming to fountain building

An online natural dog-treat bakery is going the brick-and-mortar route across the street from the fountain.

Amelie’s Bark Shop is shooting to open this summer at 1544 E. Passyunk Ave. Owner Jackie Starker says she’ll offer natural baked in-house dog treats, as well as eco-friendly pet products from handmade crafters.

Starker, whose online business used to be called Pupcakes, said she outgrew her kitchen. The new business is named after her own dog, Amelie.

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There she is with a doggie bandanna ($15 on the Etsy store, where we got this picture)

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Sign of the future at Karina’s – in the form of a Brigantessa liquor license

The tell-tale orange liquor license application has appeared in the window of Karina’s, providing some evidence of the BYOB’s move into new digs a stone’s throw away at the fountain.

Brigantessa Sign of the future at Karinas   in the form of a Brigantessa liquor license

That little orange square is like a fortune teller.

The move will make way for Brigantessa, an effort by the Le Virtu crew that will occupy both floors of the current Karina’s at 1520 E Passyunk Ave.

In case you hadn’t heard, Karina’s will pop back up next to Fond across from the fountain, in what used to be an accordion shop at 1535 S. 11th St.

If you’re pining for a last meal in Karina’s before it closes, make sure to hit it up at Passyunk Restaurant Week, which will be the last service before the new location opens. They’re doing four courses for $35, and you can find all the menus for restaurant week here.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

More details emerge on Brigantessa, planned for summer opening on Passyunk

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Napolitano oven, pic from @Brigantessa_EPA‘s Twitter

The folks behind the upcoming Brigantessa, which is planned for a summer opening in what is now Karina’s at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave., have already commissioned the handmade wood-burning oven that will be the centerpiece of the restaurant.

The heart of the restaurant will be the centrally located wood-burning oven, a show-stopping piece of equipment that is manufactured to order from Italy and hand-made from volcanic ash. Shipped via month-long boat journey directly from Naples, Chef [and co-owner Joe] Cicala and his team will install the enormous oven through a side window, and the entire restaurant will revolve around it, with trained pizzaioli throwing dough and Chef Cicala himself manning the flames.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

Spotted: People of the neighborhood at Passyunk and Tasker

The relatively new tenants at the corner house at Passyunk and Tasker like the people in the neighborhood so much, they wanted to show them off to the rest of the world. So, they decided to do a photo set of more than two dozen Passyunk Avenue residents, workers, gadflies and pets and installed the portraits in their windows.

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The photographs were done by Dave Christopher, who lives there with Kate Mellina. The project is a gift of sorts to the neighborhood, and comes with a sweet message:

Whoever said cities aren’t friendly doesn’t live on East Passyunk Avenue! Since moving here last year, we’ve had great fun meeting the people and pets who pass by our windows. So here’s our giant holiday greeting card to the neighborhood. Hope you enjoy it!

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

Fountan tree lighting happens tomorrow – and Santa bar crawl next week

With the remainder of turkey day leftovers funkifying in your fridge, it’s time to focus on the true holiday rush – all the Christmas doings along East Passyunk Avenue in the next week.

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The tree on last year’s event, which drew more than 300 people. Pic by Austin Case.

Tomorrow night, the fountain at Passyunk and Tasker will be lit as the neighborhood Christmas tree (after it’s transformed into one). The event, from 5 to 7 p.m., comes paired with free food and drinks from some of the surrounding restaurants – think hot chocolate, cookies and small tastes of soup. And yes, Santa will be there.

The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District has also coordinated extended happy hours at the bars and restaurants and many merchants will be offering special discounts, according to a press release.

Then next week, Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. the EPABID is hosting its Spirits & Suds with Santa bar crawl at 14 bars and restaurants along Passyunk.

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Karina’s is moving next door to Fond across from the fountain

Karina’s, the Italian-Spanish BYOB that is being replaced by Le Virtu’s Brigantessa, will be moving into the building next to Fond at the East Passyunk fountain.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, which owns the building currently housing Karina’s half a block away, made the announcement on their Twitter feed.

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The red one in the middle will be Karina’s

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Building owner presents loose plan for restaurant across from fountain at 1535 S. 11th St.

Both the building owner and architect of a potential restaurant project across the street from the fountain at 1535 S. 11th St.  gave an information-only proposal last night at the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning committee meeting. Their plan is to develop the currently vacant property between Fond and Da Vinci’s into a sit-down eating establishment, likely a BYOB, and convert the second and third floors into a bilevel apartment with a roof deck.

But what kind of restaurant? They still don’t know.

1535 S. 11th St 3 640x478 Building owner presents loose plan for restaurant across from fountain at 1535 S. 11th St.

That one in the middle there, in a picture from February. The only difference is those sale signs are gone.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

The 215 literary festival ‘takes over’ East Passyunk for the first time

215 festival The 215 literary festival takes over East Passyunk for the first time

The literatti is descending on East Passyunk.

For the first time, the literary 215 Festival will “take over” the neighborhood, which will host a day’s worth of events honoring the spoken, written and visualized word on Oct. 19. It’s the first year the festival has dipped south of Center City, so now we  can experience our foodie street in a whole new way, chewing on words as opposed to vittles.

The kick-off event at 1 p.m. at the Singing Fountain will feature readings from the festival’s founder, Neal Pollack, and a Type-In Orchestra. Celebrating the art of “Slow Writing,” Type-Ins (think sit-ins) feature people hammering away on manual typewriters – the “music” of the orchestra being the clicks, zings and rattles of the machines.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

First Pics: Metro men’s clothing store moves into bigger, badder location

Metro may have only moved a few dozen yards, but it’s a world of difference for the men’s clothier.

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The store’s new location, 1600 E. Passyunk Ave., opened this week with at least twice the space of the previous shop at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave.

Still on offer are top-name brands like Ben Sherman, Penguin and Scotch and Soda, as well as a complimentary beer, cocktail or other beverage while you shop. The biggest difference is that there is plenty of room to browse without feeling like you’re getting in anyone’s way.

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Wedding fireworks mean no more private events at the fountain

The wedding reception that was held at East Passyunk Avenue’s Singing Fountain last month was the first – and most likely last – private event to be held there.

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It’s a shame, because it was such a great idea, but the unauthorized use of fireworks has ruined the fun for everyone.

After lots of complaints from people living in the vicinity of the fountain about fireworks being set off precariously close to some homes, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, the organization that owns the fountain, put the kibosh on any private events taking place there in the future.

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