Vernalicious, once a most beloved and popular local food truck, has gone brick-and-mortar in South Philadelphia. Chef Verna Swerdlow runs the kitchen in this corner take-out or eat-in BYOB restaurant at the corner of Front and Ritner in the Whitman neighborhood. The space is small and unassuming, but the food is always fresh and delicious and the service is warm and welcoming.
Whether you live in the neighborhood or come from out of town, the pulled pork grilled cheese from Vernalicious is an absolute must-try. That said, the vegetable and salad are the true star of the many dishes in the restaurant. Chef Swerdlow really knows how to bring out the brightness and flavors in a salad.
South Bowl boasts cutting edge bowling lanes, pool tables, arcade games, roof deck bar, and an amazing kitchen – all in a spot in South Philly with plenty of on-site parking. It has its own sit-down pizza lounge, which receives high praises. These are probably some of the reasons South Bowl won PhillyMag’s Best of Philly in 2016 for best bowling alley. Did we mention the bar and bowling happy hour?
More recently, South Bowl opened up the Yard at South Bowl — an ultimate backyard concept that includes the addition of outdoor games such as batting cages, a bocce court, shuffleboard, horseshoes, billiards, swings, outdoor lounge areas, and additional arcade games. A shipping container has also been added to house a new outdoor bar in addition to the existing rooftop bar and full bars inside.
South Bowl’s brand new bocce court is already in play. And if you want to get competitive, the bocce league meets every Wednesdays at South Bowl during the spring, summer & fall seasons.
On Philly Revival, Rachel Street, a local realtor, general contractor and designer saves best part of Philadelphia’s quaint, century old homes and using those pieces to transform them into show-stopping one of-a-kind properties. From original floors and fixtures, to hidden treasures in the walls, Rachel makes sure every house keeps its original charm.
On season 1, episode 3, Rachel Street tackles a tiny row home in South Philly’s Whitman district. After extending the second floor to add an additional 150 square feet, she makes the space seem brighter and larger by white washing the interior brick and using light colors for the floors and cabinetry. Finally, to infuse some Philadelphia history, she restores a 150-year-old salvaged door and incorporates it into the design. Watch the episode on the DIY network and become inspired.
Expect an increase in investment and property values in South Philadelphia in 2020. Many stakeholders have invested in large projects in the area, particularly around the stadium district and eastern South Philly.
Here are some major projects coming soon in zip code 19147/19148:
Live! Hotel and Casino at 900 Packer Ave: The $700 million casino and hotel is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The long delayed construction begins in 2019.
Pattison Place beside Xfinity Live! at 1100 Pattison Ave: The glass-sheathed office tower will encompass at least 200,000 square feet and is the first step toward developing the sprawling property in the South Philadelphia stadium district. Also included in the proposal are 20,000 square feet of street-level retail at the site to the immediate west of Xfinity Live. Find out more on Philly.com.
South Columbus Boulevard center redevelopment, starting with a $12 million renovation of UA Riverview Plaza. The center spans the western side of South Columbus Boulevard, from Washington Avenue to Dickinson Street, in the city’s Pennsport neighborhood. Cedar Realty Trust plans to redevelop the center over 7-10 years in three phases, the first two of which will consist of about 260 apartments and 125,000 square feet of retail. This mixed-use project made up of apartments sitting over street retail will feature some of the finest river views in all of Philadelphia. Cedar anticipate launching this project in the first half of 2019.
South Quarter Crossing on the west side of South Philadelphia: Cedar Realty Trust will redevelop and merge Quartermaster and South Philadelphia Shopping Center into a single one million-square-foot shopping and residential complex. Click here to see their leasing plan.
Some changes are coming soon to Whitman Plaza, according to Breslin Realty’s site plan and flyer. A Goodwill store may soon open up next to Burlington Coat Factory. Dunkin Donuts has also proposed an extension further back into the parking lot.
Goodwill is currently located just blocks away at 2601 S Front St. It seems unlikely that the proposed site is a second Goodwill location for the Whitman neighborhood. It is more likely that Goodwill plans to move from its current lot next to Aldi’s into Whitman Plaza.
The 280,000 square ft plaza still has properties for lease. Current tenants include ShopRite, Ross Dress For Less, Burlington Coat Factory, PetValu, Blink Fitness, PennDOT, Party City, Rainbow, Citizens Bank, Payless Shoesource, H&R Block, GNC, GameStop, Dunkin Donuts, Rent-A-Center, One Main Financial, Kelly Staffing, Flaming Grill & Supreme Buffet, MRCP, and Cavity Busters.
The UA Riverview Plaza movie theater in Pennsport, South Philadelphia is expected to receive a $12 million renovation starting Spring of this year. This is the beginning of a larger plan by Cedar Realty Trust to transform the aging Riverview Plaza strip mall in South Philly into a waterfront row of luxury apartments, retail shops, and lively restaurants, anchored by the center’s soon-to-be-transformed movie theater.
The real estate trust plans to redevelop the center over 7 to 10 years in three phases. The first two phases will consist of about 260 apartments and 125,000 square feet of retail. The redevelopment will start at the shopping center, which spans the western side of South Columbus Boulevard, from Washington Avenue to Dickinson Street, in the city’s Pennsport neighborhood.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, has announced that Gilbane Building Company will serve as the General Contractor for the new $700 million project of the Stadium casino located at 900 Packer Avenue between 10th and Darien Streets, in the heart of the South Philadelphia Stadium District.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will transform the South Philadelphia area into an integrated sports, entertainment and casino resort destination. The 1.5-million-square-foot facility will include 2,200 slots and table games, more than 150 table games, a boutique hotel, nationally-recognized restaurants, live entertainment venues, valet parking, and an approximately 2,700 space parking garage.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia plans to develop the far South Philadelphia to create significant economic opportunities for local residents and businesses. A Pre-Bid Contractor Information Session will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 10a.m.- Noon at Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue in the South Philadelphia Stadium District. The event is open to the contracting public and will include a project overview, bid package information, and the opportunity to meet with the Estimating Team and representatives from the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) will also be available.
Cordish officials have told the state that demolition of a former Holiday Inn will begin soon, and construction of the new casino and hotel would start January 2019.
Last Friday, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority placed 26 city-owned properties on the market and took their first step towards a resolution for the backlog of undeveloped, municipally owned land that pocks the city’s neighborhoods.
The properties going out for competitive bid include 24 vacant lots and two empty buildings within City Councilman Mark Squila’s First Council District, which runs along the city’s eastern edge along the Delaware River between South Philadelphia and Port Richmond. The parcels are clustered in sections of Kensington and Fishtown and in the Whitman and Lower Moyamensing sections of Squilla’s native South Philly.
The people behind Bubblefish in Chinatown have opened Ginza Sushi and Ramen Restaurant in Pennsport in South Philly. Ginza is a multi-concept Japanese BYOB restaurant that serves locally sourced fare of sushi, sashimi, poke, and various noodles like ramen and udon.
Ginza Sushi and Ramen
1100 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 534-4046 ginzaphilly.com