The culprit? Neighbors' objections to the addition of a liquor license to the premises.
[Katz] tells me that Krouk -- who also owns the bricks of the popular nearby BYOB Melograno -- had won his initial hearing to transfer a liquor license into the space. Additional neighborhood objections popped up, Katz says. Rather than fight, they'll go back to the drawing board and will not take over the property. Meanwhile, Sandy's Lunch remains.Obviously, we find this pretty ridiculous. The location for starters. They weren’t trying to open a bar to attract the partying crowds from Rittenhouse or Old City. Rather, they were trying to open restaurant that simply could serve alcohol to its diners. It’s not like the corner of 24th and Locust is going to be overrun with activity or become a nightlife hub because one restaurant — not a bar, mind you, a restaurant — opens. On the contrary, surrounding property values would actually increase because of the addition of a quality restaurant. (Sorry, but Sandy’s (above) just aint cuttin’ it. It's tired and borderline gross.) The neighborhood would be better off.
We can’t help but feel that there are a few residents in this relatively quiet pocket of the city that want to keep it quiet and hidden forever. Hate to rain on their parade, but with the expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail to South Street and beyond, and with a new and (hopefully) improved South Street Bridge, and, eventually, with the arrival of Penn’s pedestrian bridge, more and more of Center City residents are going to be heading west and entering this neighborhood to access the wonderful park space there.
And to connect with their river and their waterfront.
Hope these "neighbors" don’t plan on complaining about that too.
Katz’ Project Canceled [Food and Drinq]
Official Preemptive Illadelph Crush: Penn's Weave Bridge by Cecil Balmond
[ Photo via Flickr user Podolux ]