Hop on down to East Passyunk Avenue for a day of ‘egg-citing’ Easter festivities! On Saturday, April 13, 2019, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) presents the Annual East Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the lawn of the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (1430 East Passyunk). Children are invited to decorate egg collecting bags, enjoy treats, dance to family-friendly tunes, hunt for prize-filled eggs and meet the Easter Bunny.Read More
Hawthornes Beer Cafe (738 S. 11th Street) presents the 8th Annual IPA, Champagne and Rosé Block Party on Saturday, July 1, 2017, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. This all-day, all-ages, free IPA block party expands this year with some sparkling surprises added to the mix, plus more beer than ever and extended party hours. Come out for one of South Philadelphia's largest summer block parties, with over 75 total selections of beer, champagne, sparkling wine, rosé, plus music, family fun, food, live entertainment and much more. The party will stretch from 11th & Fitzwater to 11th & Catharine. Kick-start Independence Day Weekend at South Philly's hoppiest day of the year! Rain date will be Sunday, July 2, 2017.Read More
Taproom on 19th (2400 S. 19th) and the Philly Mobile Food Truck Association celebrate the return of spring with the second annual “Tappin’ The Trucks, Brews n’ Bites Block Party” on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from Noon to 7:00pm. Five food trucks and five local brewers will pop-up outside of Taproom for an afternoon of brews, bites and live tunes.The taps will be flowing with all craft drafts specially priced at $5.00. All food and drink will be pay-as-you-go, cash only. Children and pets are welcome. 21 and over to drink (with identification).
Taproom on 19th (2400 S. 19th, Philadelphia) heats things up this winter with the return of their 3rd Annual Chili Challenge on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Twenty local chefs and cooks will participate in an epic South Philadelphia chili throwdown. Admission is free for competitors and guests. Samples are free. All additional food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Guests must be 21 or older to drink.Read More
Taproom on 19th (2400 S. 19th) and the Philly Mobile Food Truck Association celebrate the return of spring with the debut of “Tappin’ The Trucks, Brews n’ Bites Block Party” on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from Noon to 7:00pm. Five food trucks, five local brewers and a local distiller will pop-up outside of Taproom for an afternoon of brews, bites and live tunes.The taps will be flowing with all craft drafts specially priced at $5.00. All food and drink will be pay-as-you-go, cash only. Children and pets are welcome. 21 and over to drink (with identification).Read More
Chef Luke Palladino announces a week-long Valentine's celebration at Palladino's (1934 East Passyunk) that will include Valentine's menu additions from Tuesday, February 10 to Saturday, February 14, and a special Valentine's Brunch on Sunday, February 15 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The brunch will be the first brunch service since Palladino's opened - and it is a preview of weekly service that will launch in time for warmer weather in March or April. Full menu information is listed below, along with a link to photos. Reservations are now available on Open Table or by calling (267) 928-4339. Thank you for considering!Read More
Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed start to their 18th season, Theatre Exile returns to present the Philadelphia premiere of The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter from February 5 to March 1, 2015 at Theatre Exile’s Studio X, 1340 S. 13th Street (13th and Reed Street). This big-hearted and darkly comic story is about a 600-pound man’s last chance for acceptance and redemption as he struggles to connect in the 21st century. Previews begin on Thursday, February 5, and opening night is Wednesday, February 11 at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale now for $10.00 to $40.00 at www.theatreexile.org or by phone (215) 218-4022.Read More
Taproom on 19th (2400 S. 19th, Philadelphia) celebrates its one year anniversary with a special night of brews, barbecue and live music. This Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 4:00pm to 2:00am, owners Michael Strauss and Pete Fry will host the “One Year Anniversary SpecTAPular” featuring a chef pop-up with Pigheaded BBQ, performance by the Gin Canaries, tap-takeover with Bella Vista Beer Distributor, and visits with representatives from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, DuClas and Clown Shoes Beer. A special version of Neshaminy Creek's brand new "JAWN" ale, made just for Taproom on 19th, will pour on the cask. Admission is free. All food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Guests must be 21 or older to drink. For more information, visit www.taproomon19th.com, call 267-687-7817 or follow @TaproomOn19th
One year ago, on November 8, 2013, current owners Michael Strauss and Pete Fry took over ownership of Taproom on 19th and revamped the South Philadelphia staple into a top destination for local and seasonal upscale pub fare, 14 rotating taps of craft beer (including a cask engine), a classic cocktail menu, a knowledgeable staff and a warm vibe.
“What a long and strange trip is has been,” said Strauss. “Pete and I are grateful for all the people that have supported us. We truly love South Philadelphia and our neighborhood. We are also honored to be part of the city’s thriving food and beer scene.”
Taproom’s Anniversary specials for the SpecTAPular will include:
- Anniversary Burger - Lafrieda beef patty with collard greens, black pepper bacon from 1732 Meats, barbecue fried chicken skin ($13.00)
- Mac and Cheese - Fontina and sharp cheddar, bacon bread crumbs and stewed tomato ($11.00)
- Collard Greens - Featuring black pepper bacon from 1732 Meats and pork jus ($6.00)
- Anniversary Chili - Chef’s family recipe with venison ($8.00)
The national barbecue competition team Pigheaded BBQ will pop-up in the kitchen with:
- BBQ Fatties - House-rolled sausage stuffed with bacon and mac-n-cheese, coated in barbecue rub and smoked with peach wood for 2.5 hours ($5 half Fattie $10 whole Fattie)
- Pulled Pork Nachos - Kettle cooked potato crisps smothered in slow-smoked barbecue pulled pork, topped with brisket and pork studded baked beans, slathered in cheese sauce and dressed with barbecue sauce, sour cream and jalapenos $8.00)
- Brisket - Full packer cut brisket, rubbed with salt and pepper, smoked low and slow using peach wood for 12 hours, sliced to order ($10 for half lb. and $20 for full lb.)
Taps during the anniversary event will be taken over by Bella Vista Beer Distributor’s Jason A Miller. The night’s selection will feature:
- Clown Shoes - Pecan Pie Porter
- DuClaw - Retribution (2013 Vintage!)
- Stillwater - Classique
- Evil Twin - Femme Fatale Kabuso
- Pizza Boy - Sunny Side Up
- Carton - Boat Beer
- Cigar City - Good Gourd
- Ballast Point - Sculpin
- Prairie - Cherry Funk
- Traunstein - Pils
Representatives from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, DuClas and Clown Shoes Beer will also be on hand to discuss their beers. A special version of Neshaminy Creek's brand new "JAWN" ale, made just for Taproom on 19th, will pour on the cask.
The Gin Canaries will perform from 7:00pm to 11:00pm with a full set of jazz age and American songbook. The concert is free. Food and drink are pay as you go. Guests must be 21 or older to drink (with identification). For more information, visit www.taproomon19th.com, call 267-687-7817 or follow @TaproomOn19th
ABOUT PIGHEADED BBQ
Pigheaded BBQ is an award-winning KCBS Competition BBQ Team based in Middletown, DE. Retired Philly Police Diver turned pitmaster Ron Templeman co-founded Pigheaded BBQ in 2006 with his son Ron Templeman, son-in-law Mike Sadgwar and nephew Brian Milito. Other team members include Norma Templeman (Ron Ron's wife), Trina Sadgwar (Ron's daughter & Mike's wife) and Stephanie Sadgwar (Mike's sister). Pigheaded also provides catering services and collaborates with restaurants in the tri-state area for pop-up barbecue events.
THE STORY BEHIND TAPROOM ON 19TH
What happens when two longtime friends from Central Jersey become disillusioned with their respective careers, and decide to follow their shared passion for good food and drink?
In 2012, after 25+ years in the printing business, Pete Fry decided he had had enough and needed to do something that he actually loved as opposed to just paying the bills. A quick call to good friend Michael Strauss consisting mainly of “hey, so I hate my job, want to open a bar?” and they were on their way, with Strauss leaving behind his career in commercial real estate.
With no specific locale in mind, and after checking out several locations, they homed in on the current 19th the solid neighborhood, and the good bones of the tavern that was there at the time. With Strauss being the driving force behind the overall food style and Fry putting his extensive
knowledge of craft beer into play, they brought on some of Philadelphia’s best young talent in Chef Christina De Silva, Sous Chris Myers, and Bar Manager Brian Padgett to complete the team. Taproom on 19th opened in its current format on November 8th, 2013.
chhaya café opened its doors to new larger home at 1819 East Passyunk Avenue on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Chef and owner Varnana “V” Beuria brings her passion for delicious coffee and simple flavorful food to a new kitchen doors away from her original restaurant in the heart of Philadelphia’s restaurant row.
chhaya, which means shelter and tranquility, will now offer nearly double the seating but continue to offer an intimate, warm and cozy atmosphere. The breakfast, lunch and brunch menu still focuses on unique waffle preparations, playful twists on classic dishes, rotating entrees and a selection of seasonal weekend brunch specials. The new location will be open seven days a week, operating Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. The kitchen will close daily at 3:30pm.
chhaya’s new space is nearly double in size (1,100 square feet) and features seating for 50 inside and 10 outside. Despite the expansion, the floorplan was designed to provide guests with the same intimate, quiet and tranquil feel of the former space. Beuria wanted the new chhaya to feel more modern, but preserve a warm and cozy feeling. “I used a lot of wood to bring the warmth in, to make it feel intimate even though the dining room will be much larger,” said Beuria.
Beauria collaborated with Toner Architects on the unique floor plan that provides for dedicated areas for dining, relaxing, laptop use, working, socializing and more. The final layout was designed to be set up like a bar, not a traditional coffee shop. Beuria wants guests to communicate and interact with the baristas like a customer does at a bar. “The centerpiece of the new location will feature a coffee bar with seating in the front for baristas and customers to interact with each other, not just place to order and run,” said Beuria. “Our employees have always had an intimate relationship with customers, and will continue to in the larger space.”
Other notable features include:
- Floor to ceiling windows have been installed along the storefront, that open out to East Passyunk, framed in Mahogany with tempered glass, seating will feature comfy chairs with a low table, new outlets spaced between seating for customers that wish to plug in
- Laptop area with live edge wood slab with bark, featuring ample electrical outlets for customers to plug in
- Ambrosia Maple tables and chairs handmade by a family friend; other chairs made from dark Walnut
- New floors made from a combination of White Oak from Lancaster county, plus ceramic tile and concrete
- Coffee bar that will feature seating for up to six people, with no outlets to encourage old fashioned conversations, a dessert and food case, and a striking finished wood top
- Pillars covered with creamy off-white plaster inlaid with a lace pattern to add another layer of texture and warmth
- “Windows seats have always been a favorite to customers,” said Beuria. “I expect the new nook with shelves and books and sofas will become a favorite.”
Expanded space also means additional room for chhaya’s art program. Local and regional artists will be able to hang more pieces on the walls, and chhaya will have space host three dimensional pieces. The art program will be led in-house, with two long-time baristas taking over the program. Details for the opening show are in development.
chhaya’s opening menu is very similar to the current location, with the possibility of small changes. The breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch menu still focus on unique waffle preparations, playful twists on classic dishes, rotating entrees and a selection of seasonal weekend brunch specials. chhaya’s food and drink menus are simple but carefully crafted with a focus on quality ingredients and heartfelt preparation. chhaya pours organic, fair trade coffee that is locally hand-roasted in small batches and delivered to the café weekly. Now that the new spot is open, chhaya will announce the arrival of late summer and early fall seasonal dishes in the near future.
Down the road, the menu at chhaya may evolve and grow. Beuria will also explore adding later hours, ramping up baked goods, additional vegan and vegetarian offerings, increasing our popular pie of the day program, and some other surprises in the kitchen.