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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Reader Request: Is that a restaurant coming to 11th and Montrose?

Is there something you’re curious about? Email us at and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

A devoted reader emailed us recently asking us to check on some development activity at 11th and Montrose. He was hoping a restaurant was making its way into this fine building.

11th and Montrose

Sorry, Charlie. That’s not going to be a restaurant. Permits for the building at 915 S 11th St. say that it will be a five-family dwelling topping out a 44 feet, which includes a new floor on top and a pilot house for a roof deck.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Dew’s Deli opens across from Watkins Drinkery

Dew’s Deli, a Mediterranean-inspired deli/grocery/sandwich shop with some health-conscious sensibilities, opened a couple months ago at 1710 S. 10th St., across from Watkins Drinkery.

1710 S. 10th St.

From the outside, the shop doesn’t seem to stand out much from your typical South Philly hoagie palace, but inside offers plenty of delights, even for vegetarians. Dew draws from her Lebanese descent for part of her menu, which includes vegetarian wraps on top of a four-meat Italian special with sharp provolone.

She’s stocked with standard grocery items but also has tabouli, hummus, caprese salad and other items, plus wheat and white pita, spanikopita (spinach pie) and zaatar bread. She has a bangin’ chicken noodle soup, too. Find the full menu here.

That’s Dew with her hair pulled back
Salads, wraps, vegetarian options
Yes, zaatar bread is supposed to look like that, topped with spice mix of sumac, oregano, marjoram, more

We also hear Dew’s socially conscious, donating paper to the EPX Civic’s Southwork Elementary school supply drive. As a thank you, pick up some of her hummus.

Thanks to the reader who tipped us off to this new shop. Have any tips? Email

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Reader request: What’s all that digging at Columbus Square?

Editor’s Note: Thanks to one of our loyal readers for asking about this project. If there’s anything you’re curious about, send us an email at and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

The big hole that formed a couple weeks ago next to the Columbus Square dog park at 12th and Reed is a rain garden being built by the city.

Making progress – on Saturday

Joanne Dahme at the Water Department says the garden will collect street runoff from 12th Street and from Reed between 11th & 12th, “keeping it out of our combined sewer.” Expected completion is mid-November and a department contractor will maintain it.

“We will also be reaching out to the community about an evolving Adoption Program where we will be asking residents to help us keep [it] litter-free and to keep an eye on how the rain garden looks
on a regular basis,” Dahme said. “The Passyunk Square Civic is one of our partners in this program.”

The rain garden is part of a 25-year effort called Green City, Clean Waters, which aims to reduce the load of rainwater flowing into the city’s aging sewer system. The same project was the reason behind the stormwater planters on the west side of the park along 13th Street. And according to a map of planned projects, another rain garden is being designed for the northeast corner of the park.
What the future holds
A couple weeks ago

Check out more specific plans, including the types of plants being used, here:

Rain Garden Plans

Editor’s Note: Thanks to one of our loyal readers for asking about this project. If there’s anything you’re curious about, send us an email at and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

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