Saturday, February 10, 2007

Oh snap — CRAP is back

Allen Iverson is the ballsYes, people, it’s true.

After a flurry of activity in 2005 that seemingly positioned it to give Old City a run for its spiked hair- and pushup bra-loving money, Chestnut Right Around the Park or CRAP (hat tip to Ms. Pressler) had quieted down over the past year and a half, without a single high-profile restaurant/bar/lounge opening. (Yes there was Copa Miami, but come on…)

Do not despair — 2007 will see new life breathed into the burgeoning nightlife hub with the arrival of Red Sky II. As suggested by Foobooz in December, the folks behind Red Sky, the Old City restaurant-cum-lounge, will, for sure, be taking over a satellite location in CRAP, at none other than 1904 Chestnut Street, the former location of Little Pete’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, directly opposite of Avram Hornik's Drinker's Pub and Noche Lounge.

This brings the total to three of the number of Old City nightspots that have extended their reach to CRAP. First it was Stephen Starr with Continental Midtown at 18th and Chestnut. Then Hornick upped lowered the ante with Drinker’s Pub at 1903 Chestnut. And now Red Sky II (with a possible upscale Asian motif) comes to 1904 Chestnut from sibling team Scott and Sean Stein.

(But, alas, there will be no more AI to parade around.)

No timetable for when it will open but work on the space is already underway.

Now if only the Boyd Theater (Red Sky II’s neighbor) would get off its ass and get awesome.

Red Sky [Official Site]
CRAP is born [Philadelphia Weekly, third item]
Live Nation halts Boyd renovation; city officials — wait for it — do nothing [Changing Skyline]

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