Sometimes in Philadelphia, it seems the world has turned upside down. According to the Daily News, residents gathered outside the Mother Bethel AME Church at 6th & Lombard last night for a vigil, praying that Historical Commission would change its mind on a project it recently approved. The project in question is a four-story, six-unit building at the southwest corner of 6th & Addison which would, architecturally, not blend in with the surrounding historic neighborhood. We brought this corner to your attention a year and a half ago, when plans were for two new homes rather than apartments.
Back in 1961
Project rendering. Image from the Daily News
First, let’s just put it out there that it’s awesome that people are so passionate about…
Though the primary dish has changed considerably over the duration, 507 S. 6th St. has been a popular local eatery of some variety for well over a century now. Its first notable occupant was Abe Levis, a Lithuanian who fled to America at age fourteen to avoid being drafted into the Czar’s army. In 1896, the young entrepreneur had opened a sandwich shop at the location shown here below in an image from G.W. Bromley’s Philadelphia Atlas.
507 S. 6th Street in 1895
According to the Levis Hot Dogs website, popular rumor credits Levis as being the first man to put a sausage on a long bun. Whether true or not, the eventually-named Old Original Levis Hot Dogs quickly became a source of tasty affordable lunches for the countless merchants and immigrants in the South Street district. The thriving lunch spot is shown…
For over thirty years, the Artful Dodger made its home at the southwest corner of 2nd & Pine, until closing its doors last November. This space, located at the top of Headhouse Square, clearly has plenty of history, apparently serving as barracks for the Continental Marines way back when, according to a commenter on Philly.com. But in more recent years, it was a pub, existing as Head House Tavern going back to at least the 1960s, according to photos we found on Phillyhistory.org.
A happy couple in 1968
With the closing of the Artful Dodger, a very desirable retail location has come available, and we confess we’re a little surprised that nobody has jumped on it as of yet. With several other popular spots on the street including
A couple of weeks ago, we gave you the good news that Lorenzo and Sons Pizza would soon be making its glorious and greasy return to the late-night South Street scene. You may recall, the business near 3rd & South was lost in a fire last summer, leaving after-hours revelers scurrying for other ways to sop up the excessive amounts of alcohol in their stomachs. But no more!
According to Michael Klein, Lorenzo’s had its soft opening today, and will be celebrating a grand reopening on Friday, May 3rd. Half of the proceeds from that night will go to Philabundance, which is a very generous move from a business owner that’s been out of work for nearly a year.
We wish much success to owner Giuseppe Pulizzi on the rebirth of Lorenzo’s. Can’t wait to bite into a giant slice sometime very soon.
The excellent and adorable Lil’ Pop Shop hasn’t even been open for a year in its West Philly digs, and is already eyeing a second location. According to Michael Klein, the store, which sells artisanal popsicles made from fresh and local ingredients, will soon be taking over 534 S. 4th St., which was most recently home to Chicken.org.
West Philly location
Future spot one door off of South Street
In West Philly, Lil’ Pop Shop has had great success catering to Penn students as well as the Penn Alexander set. In the new location, the store will more often be serving tourists and high school kids, and competing with Rita’s, Phileo, and Haagen Dazs, all located within a couple of blocks. But we’ll put our…
Last summer, a fire destroyed South Street pizza shop Lorenzo’s, famous for large slices late at night with a side of surly service. Back in November, we told you that repairs were ongoing at the shop, and in the months since, renovations have slowly continued along.
As you can see, the new storefront will feature much more glass and much less of a cartoony look. According to Michael Klein, the pizza shop is hoping to reopen its doors sometime this month, though these things often take a little longer than expected. We’ll keep an eye on things, and we’ll see you there once the pizza’s flying off the shelf once more.