Passyunk Square in South Philadelphia, PA

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One of the busiest and oldest areas in the City of Brotherly Love, Passyunk square in South Philly first got its name from a Native American trail and the name of the same origin, “Pachgesink.” Roughly translated to ‘place between the hills’, this area has been recognized as a cramped neighborhood with many streets and homes since the early 19th century. Below, we delve a bit into its past and modern points of interest.

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The Early Days of Passyunk, PA

Passyunk Square traces its roots to Colonial times, when General George Washington housed many of his soldiers on the 800 and 900 blocks of Federal street. From those beginnings, Passyunk Avenue from Tasker to Broad got its start as an upscale shopping region.  Restaurants, pharmacies, specialty food stores, clothing, and shoe shops populated Passyunk avenue, just as they do in present times.

Termini Bros Bakery

The Termini Bros story begins in 1920, when brothers Gaetano and Giuseppe embarked on their dream of opening a bakery as in their home country of Italy but in their new home, Philadelphia. Initially working at the Stetson Hat Company, the two siblings managed to save enough money to open a humble storefront. At that time, the Termini Brothers Bakery was born. by 1923, within 2 years of its inauguration, the Bakery became the go-to spot for wedding cakes. The increase in business allowed the brothers to purchase their first delivery truck.

In 1938, just 17 years after opening their first store, the Termini Bros managed to migrate their bakery to a larger location – where Termini Brothers Bakery currently stands today. Later on, in ’56, they purchased the modern day properties on Franklin street which allowed them to expand their workshop.

By 1963, the Philadelphia culinary landscape had begun to take form as some of the most established reputable businesses begin to grow and expand (including the Bakery.) In ’76, Vincent Sr. becomes the manager of his father’s shop and by 1985 he progresses to the point of opening two additional satellite locations in Reading Terminal Market as well as on 24th and Oregon avenue. Today, well into the 21st century, the Bakery continues to succeed and the tradition only grows more established.

Pat’s King of Steaks

Pat’s King of Steaks was founded by Pat Olivieri in 1930. Pat had a modest hot-dog stand at the base of the famous Italian Market in South Philadelphia. One day, Pat decided to “switch it up,” cooking himself up a chopped meat sandwich. One of his regular customers spotted the creation, asked for the same for himself, and Pat’s Cheesesteak was born. Since then, the cheesesteak sandwich has become synonymous with the Philly Cheesesteak. And Pat’s is proud to be the reason for it. Nearly 90 years later, Pat’s is still owned and operated by the Olivieri family at their only location in South Philadelphia.

Our Local Team of Experts

Laffey, Bucci & Kent’s personal injury attorneys have been representing the suburban Philly community for decades.

They’re Philly natives themselves, and they will continue to fight for the rights of victims of the community as long as they’re able to. If you’ve suffered injuries due to another’s negligence, they can help you fight for your deserved compensation. Call today for a free legal consultation.