New Jersey native JP Teti relocated to London and, as any Philadelphia-adjacent diner would, missed greasy late-night cheesesteaks. So he opened Passyunk Avenue, a Philly-themed bar complete with the city’s most famous food and a mural featuring Rocky, Benjamin Franklin, and Independence Hall. It only makes sense that Philadelphia Eagles fans flocking to London for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars are hanging out at Passyunk Avenue for a taste of home — because of course Philadelphians are traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to hang out with other Philadelphians, eat cheesesteaks, pound Citywides, and talk about the Birds.
In an interview with Vaughn Johnson for the Philadelphia Eagles’ website, Teti calls Passyunk Avenue a “Philly-style dive bar” that feels “like you stepped into a tavern in South Philly.” But it’s not every dive bar that sees a visit from former Eagles Brent Celek and Jon Dorenbos, who stopped by with the Vince Lombardi trophy:
Former Eagles @BrentCelek and @JonDorenbos brought the Lombardi trophy to the Philly bar in London @passyunkavenue and surprised the Eagles fans here #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/WsmUFnOopr— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 25, 2018
This is the first time the Eagles are playing an international NFL game. Dorenbos is convinced the stadium will see far more fans from Philly than Jacksonville (maybe they need their own Florida-London bar?). Passyunk Avenue is shutting down the street for a tailgate and game-watching party — with plenty of cheesesteaks — on October 28.
Brent Celek & Jon Dorenbos In London
Ran into a couple of familiar faces in London. Brent Celek and Jon Dorenbos checking in from Piccadilly Circus. Sage | #EaglesEverywherePosted by Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, October 25, 2018
- London’s ‘Only Real Philly Cheesesteak’ Goes From Food Truck to Permanent Restaurant [Eater London]
- Passyunk Avenue: More Than A Taste Of Philadelphia [Philadelphia Eagles]