Buca di Beppo To Become Howl at the Moon Piano Bar


We’ve received word that the closed Buca di Beppo on 15th Street between Spruce and Locust Streets is going to become Howl at the Moon piano bar. The dueling-piano bar concept has thirteen locations nationwide plus one on the cruise ship, Norwegian Epic. The web site markets itself to bachelorette parties and private parties.

We wonder, is this better or worse than having a Buca di Beppo at the location?

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  • Mimi

    Anyone know how big the club will be? Buca was a huge space. Thats going to add alot of traffic to 15th street. Wouldnt want to be those neighbors

    • barrygster

      You mean the ones that chose to live on a corridor full of bars and restaurants, is around the corner from several large theaters and concert halls, and a couple blocks from the city’s busiest retail and office district?

      Or am I getting mixed up.

      • Alimentarian

        Most people I know avoided walking that block when Buca was there on principle.

        • Raul Juila

          You have some really odd friends…

      • Bill Carter

        Its one thing to have bars and restaurants like Misconduct, Fado, Good dog, etc and quite another to have a 10,000 square foot rock and roll club with 700 people spilling out into the street at 2 am. The theaters and concert halls don’t produce noise or the crowds at that hour nor do they produce the drunken rowdy young crowd these places do.

  • Corey

    How well could Duel piano bar really be doing on 15th and locust to warrant another piano bar half a block away?

  • Charles

    I would just hate to see this section of the city turn into another South Street or Old City Scene. Its one thing to have bars and restaurants. Its another thing to have a 10,000 square foot live music club on this street. I understand they have a “live band” format that goes to 2 am every night. They usually locate in Entertainment districts such as Power Plant in Baltimore or Kansas City. I live in the area and can only see Trouble with this locating here. Wouldn’t Delaware avenue be a better place? Or down by Infinity Live? Just saying

  • Curious

    Does anyone know if they need a special occupancy license for that size of a club. How can they get liquor license approval for an operation like that on that street that close to all the condo and apartment buildings?

    • Gina

      If the liquor license transfer was posted less than 30 days ago, neighboring businesses and residents can protest it — contact the PLCB or your neighborhood association. And if this business intends to have live amplified entertainment, they would need a special assembly occupancy license. See L&I’s website for the approval requirements. The police department would have to sign off, which they may not want to do if there will be complaints about noise and crowds.

      • Insomnia

        I live in the Westbury across the street. We are all talking about how this is going to affect our living conditions. If they have live music and their doors are opening and closing then the noise will spill out into the street. Even without the noise from the band, the noise from the amount of people that will spill out into the streets will make it tough to sleep. Who can we contact to voice our concerns

  • barrygster

    NIMBYs out in full force already. So pathetic. If you don’t want to live near bars. restaurants, and music venues may I suggest moving to one of Philly’s wonderful streets that are not adjacent to bars, restaurants, and music venues? 15th St/Avenue of the Arts, and its zoning did not spring up overnight.

    • Insomnia Fears

      Its not a nimby situation. I live at 15th and spruce and fully support bars and restaurants etc. And I choose to move here rather than move next to all the clubs and nightclubs of Delaware Avenue. In every city there are restrictions on what type of bar or club can locate in which area. I choose to live on 15th street and not on South and 4th! Does anyone know if there are restrictions in place as to what kind of club etc can locate in this area? I enjoy the bars and restaurants and shops that are in the area but I am scared of what will happen with a large scale nightclub locating right across from my front door!

  • Jake

    I keep hearing that Jollys Piano Bar is also locating another place around center city. Anyone know where?

    • Mike

      Look for Jollys to sign a lease at Broad and Locust. I have it on good information they are close to agreement. Three piano bars within one block!

  • Ruthann

    We need a piano bar in Old City!!!!

  • Chef Remy

    Dear Jesus God can it be a gay piano bar? I really miss them.

  • Bernard

    Chef Check out Dalias at 1708 Lombard above Brick. Wed/Thursday nights in the summer and Wed-Sat starting in the fall. Bob Egan and Matt Kensworthy in the summer Joined by John Flynn in the fall. Great crowd!!!