Friday, August 12, 2016

Pastries Replace Pastor

Here at the Pennsporter, we make no bones about our love of good mexican food.  So it was a bit of a disappointment earlier this year when we noticed that Pancho Villa, which is on the border of Pennsport & Dickinson Square West at 4th & Moore, seemed to be closed.  Luckily we have no shortage of options here in south philly, but we wondered what would come of the space.

That question was answered as we scrolled through the feed on the Nextdoor app.  For those of you who do not know what that app is, Nextdoor is a social networking app for locals in any area for classified, recommendations, events, etc.  You are able to set up your feed to be as restricted as just Pennsport or can include as many surrounding neighborhoods as you want.  It can be a useful tool for neighbors.

But we digress, thanks to a tipster (Francisco Stoll) over on the Nextdoor app, he noted and uploaded pictures of a french pastry shop opening up in the Pancho Villa spot!  It is called Creme Brulee Patisserie and looks as though they'll be serving up pastries, sandwiches, coffee, juice, etc.

From what we've gathered from the original post and the comments, they are in the process of getting outdoor seating and removing the old Pancho Villa sign.  One commenter even compared it to Artisan Boulanger Patissier, which is bold and since that commenter more then likely isn't Craig Laban we will leave it up to you to pass judgement.

from Francisco S on Nextdoor

Either way, these pictures look fantastic and this is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.  Stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Right on the heels of an amazing weekend at Jefferson Square Park's Parks on Tap, which was incredible for anyone who missed out and we hope they return again next year, we got huge news from another travelling group.

Probably not the first to break this as it came to me through the Food Trust's email chain, but they've just announced that on 9/1 the night market is coming to Pennsport!  Can't think of a better way to kick off Labor Day weekend then this.  They will be using the parking area under 95 from Front Street to Snyder and it looks as though they are doing this in collaboration with the Goldenberg Group who is the owner land of the box stores.  Heard about their wanting to get involved in turning this area into something amazing in our previous civic meetings, and this is a great place to showcase what it can be.  So MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

Oh other news, the last one will be at the navy yard.  Which will obviously also be awesome, just not in Pennsport, so less awesome.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Big Week for Jeff Sq Park

One of my favorite things about our neighborhood is that we have not one, BUT TWO, amazing parks!  We are extremely fortunate in that regard.  This week Jefferson Square Park will be on display.

Over the last few years, the amount of beer gardens in this city has grew in leaps and bounds.  Pennsport is finally getting the beer garden treatment, even if its only for a week.  Parks & Recreation teamed up with the Fairmount Park Conservancy to create a travelling beer garden, called Parks on Tap, that has made stops at 14 parks throughout the city.  It is run through FCM Hospitality, who is also responsible for another fantastic outdoor space Morgan's Pier among other venues. It will be open the following hours:

WED + THURS: 5 - 10 PM
SUNDAY: 12 - 10 PM

Whats great about this is there are a handful of other events put on through the Friends of Jefferson Park that were also scheduled for this week as well, so we think the park will be full of friendly neighbors all weekend.  Here is the schedule for this week, thanks to the Jeff Sq newsletter:

Events at Jefferson Square Park:

8/3 - Friends of Jefferson Square Kids Night 6 to 8 pm | bring the whole family out for picnics, treats and some sprinkler fun

8/4 - Friends of Jefferson Square Park Fundraiser 5 to 7 pm | 50% of proceeds will go directly back to Jefferson Square Park!

8/4 - Major League Bocce 8 pm | Stay after the happy hour and gaze at the action of the night glow bocce tournaments

8/6 - Maha Yoga at Parks on Tap 12 to 1 pm | Pay What You Can

8/6 - Instameet with Pennsporter 11 am | Starting at the Washington Avenue Green park, stroll through Pennsport with Pennsporter and end up at Parks on Tap to toast your discoveries


Oh yeah, and whats that last event?  Oh that's just a walk around that I am doing with John Cruice who takes amazing photos regularly.  We are going to walk down the river walk from Washington Square Green to the Pier 68 Fishing Pier and then back through the neighborhood to the Parks on Tap event! Seems to me to be a great way to get some amazing photos and work up a appetite/thirst for the beer garden.  So come out and visit the park and tell all your friends to come see just one of the reasons why we love Pennsport so much.