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Philly Cooks 2019

Philly CooksPhiladelphia magazine and Foobooz’s annual food and drink festival returns to Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 from 6:30pm-9pm at the 2300 Arena in Whitman, Philadelphia.

Participating restaurants:

33RD STREET HOSPITALITY A.KITCHEN AMADA AMIS TRATTORIA BĀOLOGY BARBUZZO THE BERCY CADENCE CHEU FISHTOWN DIM SUM HOUSE EL VEZ FORK HARDENA HIGH STREET ON MARKET HOPS HUNGRY PIGEON LAUREL LE VIRTU LITTLE FISH BYOB NOORD EETCAFE NUNU OLOROSO OYSTER HOUSE PERLA PIZZERIA STELLA POD PUMPKIN PUYERO RIONE  THE RIPPLEWOOD RUSSET SOUTH GATE SARVIDA STINA STIR  TOWNSEND V STREET VEDGE VETRI VILLAGE WHISKEY WILL BYOB

2300 Arena
2300 South Swanson Street
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 from 6:30pm-9pm.



South Philadelphia UA Riverview Plaza $12 Million Renovation

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.

These plans come amidst the beginning construction of stadium district’s South Philadelphia Live Casino, soon to be opened at 900 Packer Ave. It is to be expected that major projects and developments in far South Philadelphia will erupt in the next few years and enliven the neighborhoods with new restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife.

Riverview proposal plans and photos can be found on Philly.com.

South Philly Stadium Casino: Live! Casino starts construction

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.

Whitman vacant lots on sale

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.

Click here to check out the current RFP/RFQ/Competitive Sale Bids.

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.

Step aside, Cantina: Pistola’s Del Sur is here

Mexican dining on Passyunk with attentive staff and good service? Count us in!

Pistola’s Del Sur, the East Passyunk edition of Casey Parker and Joe Gunn’s popular modern Mexican hot spot serves fusion tacos, Mexican flatbreads and more creative fare by chef Adan Trinidad. The buzzy restaurant & bar serves inventive Mexican eats, beer, tequilas & more in a lively and intimate setting.

Pistolas

Pistola’s Del Sur
1943 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(267) 519-2329

Jefferson expands in Navy Yard of South Philly

Jefferson Health System announced plans to open a new 70,000-square-foot adult health and  wellness facility in the Three Crescent Drive office building at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia by mid-2018.

The Navy Yard is increasingly becoming home to many businesses, including GSK, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Urban Outfitters headquarters, Philadelphia 76ers, Tasty Baking Co. and Penn Capital Management.

Public transportation to the Navy Yard feels limited, despite the two free Navy Yard shuttle routes that transports visitors and employees to the Navy Yard from Center City, and AT&T Station on the Broad Street Subway Line. As the Broad Street Line Expansion project seems far from reality, it will be interesting to see if Navy Yard transportation will expand with growing tenants.

Otis & Pickles Speakeasy coming to Whitman/Pennsport

Otis & Pickles Speakeasy, a craft beer and cocktail bar in the Whitman/Pennsport neighborhood of South Philly, is expected to open its doors January 2017.

Located at the former Cooley’s Bar at 2500 South 3rd Street, Otis & Pickles is a new bar that will be inclusive of new Philadelphians, without alienating any of the old residents. The owner, Collazo, suggests the bar will uphold the fun and rough essence of South Philly, without tolerating any “douchebaggery” of pretension. Otis & Pickles will be “a bar where you can have some fucking fun.”

Otis and Pickles Speakeasy opening in Whitman, Philadelphia
Otis & Pickles Speakeasy, still under construction, will soon feature an original tin ceiling

 

Read more about Otis & Pickles Speakeasy opening at http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2016/11/29/otis-pickles-speakeasy-3rd-porter-streets/#DBTQIFQyhcgOu6d1.99

Is Whitman neighborhood following suit with the rest of South Philly and becoming gentrified? Looks like the deep South Philly is no different from any other parts of South Philly.

Valena’s Simple Cafe opening in Pennsport/Whitman

The vacuum repair shop has closed and is transitioning into Valena’s Simple Cafe! Pennsport and Whitman neighborhood have been sorely lacking in independently owned coffee shops. This new cafe, opening right at the border of Pennsport and Whitman, will be located at the corner of Front st and Snyder ave.

valena's simple cafe
Valena’s Simple Cafe coming soon sign posted outside (photo courtesy of Pennsport Facebook)

Valena's Simple Cafe opening soon
Valena’s Simple Cafe is hiring in the neighborhood (photo courtesy of Pennsport Facebook)

Illegal median parking battle divides South Philly residents

There are two major issues that get South Philadelphians riled up: street cleaning and parking. And since the only major criticism against street cleaning is that it requires parked cars to move, the only issue that truly troubles South Philadelphians seems to be parking.

South Broad St Parking divide
South Broad St median parking is the South Philly norm (photo by Claudia Gavin)

Illegal median parking on south Broad Street has long been a topic of discussion and debate. Cars park on the median of Broad Street, Oregon Ave, Washington Ave, and wherever it the PPA and Philadelphia police turn a  blind eye. Other neighborhoods don’t get it, and South Philadelphians don’t really think anything of it. It’s the way it has always been, legal or not.

Since the Democratic National Convention, when median parking ban was enforced, the controversy has only escalated. Median parking practice is technically illegal, but is it dangerous? 5th Square, a political action committee, seems to think so. 5th Square started an online petition to ban median parking that has since gained over 900 supporters. The organization recently hosted a fundraiser, “No Parking on the Dance Floor” at our own Dolphin Tavern to support the banning of median parking. According to 5th Square, the funds will be used to “pay for the next phase of the Broad Street campaign, which will include professional planning and design work, and multiple public engagement sessions that empower South Philadelphia neighbors to reimagine what Broad Street can be.”

South Philly Parking Ban
South Broad Street with no cars parked on the median due enforcement during the DNC

Leading the other side of the median parking war are many vocal long-term South Philadelphia residents. Most notably, the administrator of Taking our South Philadelphia Streets Back (TOSPSB), a local pro-police/anti-crime Facebook group, has led a social media campaign to support maintaining illegal median parking in South Philadelphia. The TOSPSB Facebook group is a page for community residents to warn each other about local crime and share events to support the PPD. The Facebook group identifies as diverse, with majority vocal members being traditional, long-term South Philadelphia residents.

Although noncommittal about the issue, Mayor Jim Kenney has encouraged the PPA to start ticketing some of the worst violators, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

“The mayor, the PPA and members of the administration met to discuss the median parking issue a few weeks ago, before the administration met with 5th Square this week,” said Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt. “In that meeting, we agreed that PPA should ticket in the median when a car is fishtailed, in the turning lane, and in the crosswalk. We also agreed that any other changes should be community-driven.”

Mayor Kenney’s compromise, although agreeable to both parties, was criticized by some community members as “weak and noncommittal.” Such criticism has been said of our mayor many times since his taking office in January. Kenney has not pushed to action some of his campaign promises, notably ones that involve a firm stance. Tough decisions often offend, and Jim Kenney is not one to offend. As Kenney is currently involved with scandals and an FBI investigation, perhaps the non-offensive route is his best position.

Polls, action calls, and surveys are flooding Facebook, with South Philadelphians split nearly 50/50 between the sides. Enforce the law and ban median parking or continue the South Philly tradition and let it be? Is it simply a battle of new residents vs old residents? Will Mayor Kenney’s efforts be enough to peacefully settle this deeply divided issue?