Everybody loves a good limoncello. And in an age where farmer’s markets are all the rage, microbrews are commonplace, and artisanal goat meat is something that people actually buy, why not locally distilled limoncello? And after a successful presentation to the East Passyunk Crossing Zoning Committee last week, it seems that’s exactly what will soon be making an appearance on Passyunk Avenue.
Presuming everything goes ok with the application to the LCB, and at the ZBA (which will be much easier with the support of the neighborhood), Pollyodd Limoncello will soon be opening a retail location at
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Act 135, passed in PA in 2009, which provides communities with one more tool to fight blight in their neighborhoods. In short, this act allows residents, businesses, or non-profits to take conservatorship over a blighted property, fix it up, and sell it off. One non-profit that’s been fairly active in leveraging this Act to improve neighborhoods is Scioli Turco.
One of their first success stories is the conversion of the old Scioli Turco VFW post near 8th & Catharine. Looking at the transformation here, you can tell that these guys do good work.
In the past
Currently, Scioli Turco is in the process of renovating two long vacant residential properties in South Philly, both near Passyunk Avenue. 1331 Alder St. is located…
You may recall, we’ve been keeping you abreast of the efforts of the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, revitalizing buildings on Passyunk Avenue (‘natch). Back in March, we checked in on 1911 E Passyunk Ave., a property that was early in the stages of renovation at that point. This storefront had looked terrible as recently as the beginning of this year. Now, through the efforts of PARC, the building looks one-hundred percent better, and a new tenant will be opening up shop in just a couple of days.
Already better by March
According to Michael Klein, Will BYOB will be opening at 1911 E Passyunk Ave. on August 24th. The modern French establishment will attempt to use mostly local ingredients, certainly a…
The transformation of East Passyunk Avenue over the past decade has been well documented, with numerous new businesses of all shapes and sizes coming to the Avenue. At the very southern end of the Avenue, however, at 1934 E Passyunk Ave., Colombo’s looms as one of the properties that has not really changed too much as the street has evolved.
A structure that sits on a 2,500 sqft, awkwardly shaped lot, Colombo’s has a restaurant set up inside with a liquor license, as well as permanent outdoor seating. With a well-marketed, properly conceived concept, we could imagine a business finding considerable success at this location. Meanwhile, it’s sat barely used in recent years, offered for sale to anyone willing to meet the owner, Maurice Pisano’s price.
In the past
The property was listed for sale back in 2004 for…
Royal Tavern is one of our favorite bars in Philly. We’ve been there dozens of times over the years, and the nachos are so good that we don’t even care how much we smell nachos after we devour them. Down the block is the also excellent Dive Bar, and across the street from Royal is a Napoli Pizzeria, a place we’ve also visited a number of times in the last decade.
From the looks of it, these businesses will be getting some company in the near future. We went by for happy hour a couple of weeks ago and snapped these photos:
Across the street
Pizza place nearby
These signs are up on 932 E Passyunk Ave., a garage that was on the market for a couple of…
Almost exactly one year ago, we brought 1843-45 E Passyunk Ave. to your attention, noting that the iconic home of King of Jeans was on the market for $800K. There’s been a bit of chatter about this building in the last few months, with a potential developer flirting with the property before passing it up, and another developer, wunderkind Max Glass, putting it under contract fairly recently. We’re guessing it’s under agreement for less than the asking price of a year ago.
Earlier this week, Glass presented an information only session to the East Passyunk Crossing community and zoning committee. At this meeting, he discussed plans for twelve one-bedroom units on the upper floors of the building, with rental numbers in the $1,000 range. The commercial space would be maintained, but no possible tenants were mentioned at the…