A couple of weeks ago, news came out that Jose Garces’ Frohman’s Wursthaus project was not gonna happen at 208 S. 13th St., the former home of Letto Deli. Apparently, our resident Iron Chef is too busy with other projects to go through with this one.
No hot dogs
Seemingly in no time, sources have told us that Garces has sold the building to a local investment firm. The firm, which wasn’t identified, is looking to fill the roughly 2,000 sqft space with a restaurant tenant, and has Jackie Balin of Fameco marketing the space. Yes folks, it stinks that one of the top restauranteurs isn’t doing his thing here. But with Garces making a relatively quick exit, this extremely desirable space is now available to anybody.
Letto space, a few months
We were in the neighborhood today and spotted a liquor license application on the boarded up front of 1305 Locust St., right next door to the wildly popular NEST. This location was home to Camac for a couple of years, and to Girasole for many years before that, before their move around the corner to Pine Street.
The liquor license application on the boarded up window gives the name Ecco Ristorazione for the new entity, which comes up empty on Google, except to tell you that Ecco is located at 1305 Locust St.
Pelican Fish seems unrelated
We did some digging, and it seems that this new establishment will be coming from the folks at Le Castagne, at least according to a Michael Klein from…
Jose Garces has little need to prove he’s a good chef—heck, he’s an iron chef—but he’ll soon be showing off some additional culinary versatility. And where better than along 13th Street, where the Philly restaurant explosion is in full swing like Glenn Miller.
His German sausage and beer hall project Frohman’s Wursthaus (you may recall Ferris Bueller?) has been talked about for nearly two years. Now the project is moving forward after the Washington Square West Civic Association voted last month not to oppose its application for a take-out restaurant at 208 S. 13th St.
A member of the WSWCA zoning committee said initial designs (BoxWood Architects) showed plans for 33 seats, all of which are counter-seats, a closed kitchen, and garage door-style windows on its north-end that will enable…
Blue Bear Tavern
is the new ”American Tavern” filling the Doc Watson’s space at 216 S. 11th Street
. The former Doc Watson’s Pub, which opened way back when in 1971 and closed in February 2010, has been a perpetual construction zone since it was purchased by Vesper Hospitality Group. These guys are the investors behind Zavino Wine Bar Pizzeria
and the upcoming Frohman’s Wursthaus by Jose Garces
, both just around the corner on 13th Street. According to Vesper’s site, Blue Bear’s projected opening was September 2010. Both Blue Bear’s Facebook page
and website show no new activity since 2010, and a phone call to the restaurant’s phone number says it’s been disconnected. A quick peek at the page for Center City Sips
, which began back on June 1st, has Blue Bear Tavern listed as “opening soon.”
Construction had seemingly come to a