What Starr on South Broad Could Mean


With Stephen Starr in agreement to purchase the Broad Street Diner we cannot help but think what might be coming to Broad Street south of Washington.

With apologies to the original Restaurant Yenta, here are some of our wishes for South Broad.

We can imagine Dranoff Properties (Symphony House, 777 South Broad) filling in one of the big lots at Broad and Washington with a mixed use development that would of course include a restaurant space.

Stephen Starr should keep the diner theme at the Broad Street Diner, offering long hours and maybe even live music.

Then we’d love to see the Boot & Saddle make a comeback. The awesome sign deserves a first rate bar beneath it. Who better to take on the task than Philadelphia’s master of the quirky, Mark Bee. The owner of Silk City and North Third seems like a natural to take on the formidable project. He wasn’t daunted by the disrepair of the old Silk City diner, how much scarier can this spot be.

We’d love to see Mui Chung become the South Philadelphia Tiffin that everyone just outside of the Indian eatery’s delivery zone dreams of.

The theater along Broad seems like a natural extension of the Avenue of the Arts, though this spot could do well as a live music venue along the lines of a Johnny Brenda’s on Broad.

We’re kind of stumped on Philips Restaurant next to the Broad Street Diner. It’s a big space and not on a corner so that makes it a bit tougher to match up.

All in all, we think South Broad is ready to happen, we’d love to hear your suggestions as well.

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  • Anthony

    Not that I would EVER want anything like this, but what about something like Rao’s in NY? A super -exculsive red gravy Italian spot. Hard to imagine with so many good options a stone’s throw from that location, but not so hard to imagine with Starr in the picture.

  • Willie

    Rao’s is only cool because it’s been there forever and is known for it’s exclusivity. You can’t just through up something new like that and have it work – well you can in NYC, but we just don’t have the celeb power to make it super-exclusive.

  • Benji

    I think a live music venue that serves booze is pretty vital to this area right now. If only I had the money and the entrepreneurial drive to make it happen…

  • Aw

    The last thing South Philly needs is another Italian restaurant.. what we could use is a Movie Theater like the Angelica in NYC, with high end little cafe inside, a wine bar would be nice, a book store, a french bistro, a fusion type noodle bar like Momofuku, a funky bakery, places to browse after or before dinner. South Broad can become Philly’s version of NYC’s meat packing district. (maybe without the transvestite prostitutes though)

  • over priced

    not a fan of anything starr. over priced with bad food. we need someone better on that side of town.

  • Jimmy

    “Philly’s version of NYC’s meat packing district.” Keep dreaming.

  • Michael

    Another Starr joint? No thanks, overpriced and ran its course.

  • Mike

    Key part of redeveloping the area would be knocking down all the strip mail style buildings like the Mcdonalds, popeyes, riteaid, subway, and putting in real urban buildings

    Also, the closed Wachovia Bank at broad and federal ought to find a creative reuse.

  • I would love ANYTHING nice to come to South Broad. That is, besides La Rosa pizza!

  • Bri Guy

    Boot & Saddle is primed to be that place you describe, or even less – just a simple laid back bar with some friendly western appeal would be good. As long as it was done ‘fresh’, it will stand out from it’s neighbors. And I love Aw’s ambitious dreams – esp a nice little neighborhoody wine bar, book store and fusion bar. South Broad is ITCHING for some urban life.

  • Willie

    What’s wrong with LaRosa pizza? Damn, it’s good.

  • Barry G

    Silk City was an operating restaurant and club or just a short time out of being operational (I can’t remember which), with licenses et al when Bee took over. Cleaning up a place that’s been closed 10+ years is considerably more daunting than that.

  • lutafisk

    supermarket. give me food. my rolls dont roll themselves.

  • What’s wrong with transvestite prostitutes?

  • not that it matters

    ” ‘Philly’s version of NYC’s meat packing district.’ Keep dreaming”…what a dream though.

  • jocamari

    Are they hiring at the broad street diner? I go by their everyday and they do have the now hiring sign but I do not know if I am suppose to just go inside?…

  • jocamari

    i spelled “there” wrong by the way…