Fergus “Fergie” Carey (Fergie’s, Monk’s Cafe, Belgian Cafe, Grace Tavern and Nodding Head Brewery) is listed as one of the officers on the liquor license application at old High Pressure Fire Service Building at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street. The building was purchased last year by the Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe festival management and a bright orange liquor license placard is now displayed on the former fire hydrant pumping station. The building will be the permanent home of Philadelphia Live Arts and will include:
- A 225-seat theater with flexible seating
- Two rehearsal studios to elevate artistic development
- A 2,000-square-foot restaurant/bar with a commercial kitchen
- A permanent Festival hub for audiences including a box office
- An outdoor plaza for performance and audience interaction
- Professional office and meeting space for administrative functions
Carey has been an active supporter of Live Arts, Fringe and the Arts in general, for years now. He and staff from his bars have routinely manned the taps at festival bars and the Fringe Cabaret.
Though there are still lots of funds to be raised and construction to be completed before we’re drinking on the outdoor plaza, we can’t help but be excited about what this will mean to the Delaware riverfront.
Photos via PlanPhilly