A couple months back, we told you about the impending redevelopment of the Lincoln Apartments Building at 1222 Locust St., with construction expected to begin in the springtime. While we were over there, snapping photos of the handsome yet neglected building, a vacant commercial space next door at 1234 Locust St. caught our eye. This space is part of the building that houses the the Independent, a twenty-four room boutique hotel.
Looking up at the Lincoln
Empty commercial space next door
The hotel. From the Independent's website
The liquor license application in the window is from 2009, for a concept that never took off. We did a little digging, however, and learned that the space will indeed house a new concept, and very soon.…
618 South St.
was recently granted a zoning variance that will transform it from the eye-catching glowing lemon-lime colored former 6th St. Mini-Market to a take out/dine in Chinese restaurant. As we noted
a few weeks ago, the 600 block of South St. is full of vacancies, and it looks like one will be filled in the near future.
This space has cycled through many concepts, including Inferno Body Piercing
, Metro PCS, OK Bakery
, M2 Men’s Clothing
, South Street Kitchen, and Ace Young International Jewelry… just to name a few. We’re hoping the new concept sticks around for a couple of minutes, at least.
With Golden Empress Garden, Rich City Chinese, Number 1 Chinese, and South Garden just a stone’s throw away, just how much is too much? We certainly love our General Tso’s chicken, but could
Mike Stollenwerk, who arrived on the local scene in 2007 when he took over Little Fish, has been moving at a frenetic pace recently, opening Fish and Fathom Seafood House in the past two years, and apparently opening a larger Fish in the near future. He has another project coming down the pike, and this time he’ll be making his magic happen in Brewerytown. The new space at 2617-19 W Girard Ave. is gigantic- you could probably fit five Little Fishes in the first floor of the building. Stollenwerk will be executing two concepts here- one side will be a sit-down BYOB, and the other side will be a take-out prepared foods market. If this sounds a little high-end for Brewerytown, it’s because it is. There’s nothing like it in the neighborhood, but Stollenwerk is betting that it’s…