Hornik’s Boot & Saddle Plan Meets Resistance

Boot and Saddle

Today’ Metro has a story on Avram Hornik’s plan for resurrecting the long-closed Boot & Saddle Bar at Broad and Ellsworth and the resistance it has already received from the South Broad Street Neighbors Association (SBSNA).

“We’re not thrilled about it,” said [SBSNA] President Peter Zutter, who heard Hornik present plans at an Oct. 18 community meeting. “We’re familiar with his other locations and it’s not really the kind of development we want to see on that part of Broad Street.”

The neighbors association promises to fight the liquor license transfer.

Us, we imagine a day when a newly re-lit neon boot beckons life back to a neglected commercial block. It’s proximity to the Broad Street line making it a great meeting place before or after a sporting event at the stadium complex. Hell, we might even try to line dance.

Boot & Saddle: Big shoes to fill for bar’s new owner [Metro Philadelphia]

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  • pacobox.

    they’d rather have really classed up places like big boy’s toys, papa johns, and check cashing shops. idiots. i wish they would all die already so us YUPPIES can come in and eat at fancy restaurants and abolish the ridiculous park.in.the.middle.of.the.street. crap.

  • Meh.

    Yet the say nothing of the New “office” building going up at Broad and Federal. I wonder if they know who the tenants are?

  • David G

    Well, I wrote to the civic, expressing my objections to their objections, but somewhat understandably they’re holding to their not-at-the-meeting so we can’t take your opinion stance.

    I highly suggest that anyone who wants to see any live music in South Philly get to the LCB meeting and voice your support. This could transform South Broad street, which is desperately asking for a reinvention.

    Just to be clear, current stores on that block: a Church’s Chicken (take out), a Papa John’s (take out), an empty rims store, a check cashing place, a bullet-proofed Chinese American store, an admittedly nice thrift store, a tag store, a beauty products store, a dance store, and an auto body.

  • http://gideonsbible.tumblr.com gijyun

    Blocking development of dilapidated property right next to public transportation on a thoroughfare running through two rapidly developing neighborhoods is maybe – maybe – the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • JTA

    Parking in the middle of street is a fine neighborhood tradition, as is double parking on E-W streets.

    And while the idea of Drinker’s south does shout Yuppie, it doesn’t shout eating. The permit to allow dancing doesn’t necessary mean there is going to be live music, none of his other venues have bands/ dj to my knowledge.

    Besides, who’s going to skip amateur night at Dolphin tavern to go here?

  • alex

    SBSNA has done such a fucking great job with that stretch of Broad. They should definitely have a lot of say over development there.

  • nicole

    Gijyun speaks truth.

  • David G

    JTA: Union Transfer most certainly does. 99% certain the proposal to the civic mentioned live music.

  • Mike

    Death to NIMBYs

  • barryg

    It’s a Crown Fried Chicken, not a Church’s, and it’s awesome. Otherwise, agree 100%, these NIMBYs just don’t make sense.

  • David G

    Whoops, BarryG. You’re right. Although awesome might be stretching it, I can’t say I never partook when I lived at Broad and Federal. And it was good.

  • Daniella

    Was going to comment on the stupidity of this. Seems there is no need now.

    It’s a shame. East Passyunk is so nice and I feel like i need to RUN from Broad Street transportation to, say, the Cantina for safety.

  • ben

    Philly needs JOBS. SBSNA is out of touch.

  • Mike

    First off, the 3 blocks between Broad st and Passyunk are not bad, it’s that reaching Broad St is like falling off a cliff.

    Second, people need to learn how this works. You don’t go straight from fried chicken and check cashing to fine dining and boutique clothing, first you have to get the active late night bars, that draws people to the area and then other businesses get going.

  • http://punchmedia.biz James Zeleniak

    Who wants a hip, successful, destination-oriented establishment in your nabe when you can have another boarded storefront, decaying building or check cashing joint?

  • Eric

    Can someone explain to me why SBSNA does not want this place to open?

  • GrowlerKing

    Whore-Nik can suck my left nut. I am all for development, but fear Drinkers South. Sayin’

  • barryg

    @Eric, they want a “family restaurant” to move in. Because you know, restaurateurs are just falling over themselves to renovate that block.

  • David G