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South Philly News Roundup

Progress in the 13/15 Neighborhood Bikeway Project has – surprise! – sparked outrage. As part of phase one, signage started going up.

“You’re changing residential streets to be bike lanes,” said Girard Estate resident Jody Della Barba, “without telling the neighbors.

“I feel like once I cross Washington Avenue,” said cyclist Kate Mundie, who lives in South Philly east of Broad, “there’s this level of anger that just comes out.”

Mark Dent has more on this story here.

Back to Jody Della Barba. She also been a part of that whole “Parking Down the Middle of Broad Street: Yay-or-Nay Fest 2017″. The former secretary of Frank Rizzo wants it to stay a parking lot. even though she lives at least six blocks away from the action.

Craig LaBan posted a great review of Brewery ARS. If you haven’t been there yet – make time this weekend. They make some great brews.

There was a changing of the guards at Brigantessa and Le Virtu. Chef Joe Cicala is out.

An Indonesian BYOB just opened up. It’s located where Sky Cafe used to be (I loved that place).

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

Five-course eating and drinking tour of East Passyunk Avenue

It’s normal to stop in one of the abundance of great restaurants on East Passyunk Avenue for a multiple-course meal with a reservation, but how about a five-course meal, with each course at a different restaurant?

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Try the soup dumplings at Bing Bing Dim Sum.

Zagat rounded up five restaurants for you to “spend an evening exploring this South Philly stretch of culinary talent from the comfort of no-reservations bar seats.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

How do East Passyunk Avenue restaurants deal with high noise levels?

Along with an increase of restaurants in the area, there’s an increase of noise at the restaurants. Noise levels are increasing and some restaurant-goers are complaining.

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Brigantessa is one of the restaurants dealing with noise concerns.

So how do some of East Passyunk Avenue’s restaurants deal with this noise problem?

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First Pics: Brigantessa opens at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

Brigantessa, the new Southern Italian bar and restaurant from the owners and chef of Le Virtu, is now open at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

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The owners Francis Cratil Cretarola and Catherine Lee and chef Joe Cicala had originally planned to open in July, but due to some problems that arose once they began renovating, the opening had to be pushed back until October. The kitchen area had to be completely demolished before they could finish building and work toward their first day on Oct. 14.

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A look at the bar area you see upon entering Brigantessa.

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Brigantessa shoots for September; Cicala gets put in handcuffs

The City Paper had a great interview with chef Joe Cicala, the man with the plan for Brigantessa, the brick-oven Italian joint planned for the former Karina’s at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Looking good last week at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

Cicala — also the chef at Le Virtu, whose owners are partners in the new venture — completed a 10-day pizza certification course in Naples, Italy, but ended up having a run-in with the law.

Says the City Paper:

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