Witnessing a resurgence on South Street brings a glimmer of hope that this once-vibrant hub for shopping and dining will regain its former glory. The Headhouse Square Wawa at 2nd and Lombard announced its closure just yesterday. The news followed my recent articles about a new Hawaiian BBQ restaurant opening around the corner and the grand opening of the South & Passyunk Farmers Market.
Will the closure of Wawa be mourned? Residents and store employees have voiced concerns about the store being a magnet for crime, with incidents of panhandling and drug use often occurring nearby.
Earlier this year, I exclusively reported on the struggles faced by the iconic Copabanana, battling exorbitant rent and a dwindling customer base.
Embracing New South Street Restaurants
Despite the challenges, new dining establishments breathe new life into South Street, raising hopes for its revival. Nam Chon, an authentic Korean Asian fusion restaurant, has recently opened at 228 South Street. It offers a diverse menu of traditional Korean food for dine-in, take-out, and delivery through third-party apps.
Can food be the catalyst for South Street’s revitalization? Other eateries and cafes are certainly banking on it. This summer, a collaborative space named Wim Cafe, managed by Reanimator Coffee and Eeva, will debut in a building with a boutique hotel called Yowie. An exciting rotisserie concept will also open next to Bridget Foys.
Supporting Small Businesses on South Street
In the meantime, take the opportunity to support the existing small businesses, like Nam Chon, and embrace the forthcoming establishments to help rejuvenate this iconic Philadelphia street.
Even with the news of the Wawa closing, it’s clear that South Street’s renaissance is quietly underway. And let’s remember the return of Jim’s Steaks, which should bring back tourists to the area.
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