Monday, April 22, 2013

13th & Locust - What the heck is going on?

GloBar, Bump, Q, Fish, Rhino and now another restaurant is coming to the space at The Independent Hotel located at 13th & Locust St. - Philadelphia.  As I just listed the space has been a smorgasbord of concepts over the last 2 years all doing well (but not good enough) for several years.  Fish and Rhino the exceptions as they both barely made a blip on the radar.

So what will make this go around any different?  The answer lies in the new owners:  Marcie Turney & Valerie Safran who own the uber successful restaurants/shop of Lolita, Barbuzzo, Jamonera and Open House.  The concept of the new restaurant has not been announced but I do know Lolita will move to the space for a while as it undergoes a renovation which includes a bar.....say good-bye to BYOB. Another clue may lie in this old German beer garden table Turney posted on Twitter.  A beer garden in the courtyard maybe....stay tune of the concept.

In other Marie and Valerie news,  look for an expansion of Barbuzzo as they will be adding a 2nd floor to the restaurant.  The below image of the space was also posted by Turney on Twitter.