Over 3,000 People at Table 31 for Center City Sips

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Though Center City Sips has its critics, there are, apparently, plenty of people who do enjoy it — at least the Sips party that goes down at Table 31 each week. This photo from Wednesday night only begins to capture the insane number of people who have been showing up on Wednesdays at the restaurant’s plaza on JFK Boulevard since Sips started in June.

“We had more than 3,000 last night,” says Table 31 chef/owner Chris Scarduzio. “We put five satellite bars all around with the Sips specials, and I had 16 bartenders. The key to making Sips work here is getting people their drinks quickly.”

And while some bars see their Sips crowds vanish at 7 p.m., when the specials are officially over, Scarduzio says the opposite is true at Table 31. “I’m at the peak of business after 7:00 when Sips ends,” he explains. “Between 5 and 7 is actually my lowest volume. From 7 to 12, we kill it.”

  • Jimmy

    Looks really fun…

  • JA

    Yum, Miller Lite and Rolling Rock in cans!

  • Johnny

    Someone needs to call L&I and the fire department

    • Jason

      L&I and the fire department? Is there a limit to how many people can be outside at one time?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Yes Jason.

        There is a limit on how many people can fit in a particular “private” outdoor space at one time.

        It is not a “public space”. It belongs to Comcast therefore the zoning permits specify a certain window of people in that plaza not a free for all. If for example Springsteen wanted to have a concert there and 6000 tickets were being sold, it would be denied. L&I is responsible for the codes. Fire department codes and L&I do not allow “outdoor gatherings” without sufficient means of egress so stampedes do not happen.

        • Jason

          Comcast doesn’t own it, which makes me wonder how many other facts you have screwed up.

          • Frank rizzo

            i would not be too concerned with the facts I screwed up Jason. The ultimate facts remain the same. Your response actually clarifies that the original L&I poster has a legitimate argument. Ok the building is owned by Liberty Property Trust which again is still a private entity which makes it private space.Comcast and Table 31 are tenants. Table 31 would have had to apply for a Cafe license from L&I in order for that space to operate as an outdoor cafe. That cafe license I assure you comes with a specified number of maximum persons and it is NOT 3000 people.

            Disagree?

          • Ryan

            Frank, shutup.

          • barrygster

            Nobody said 3,000 people were there at one time.

          • Barry D-Minus

            Read much?

            “We had more than 3,000 last night,” says Table 31 chef/owner Chris Scarduzio. “We put five satellite bars all around with the Sips specials, and I had 16 bartenders. The key to making Sips work here is getting people their drinks quickly.”

          • barrygster

            Nobody said 3,000 people were there AT THE SAME TIME.

          • rk

            pretty sure they were still over the max allowed looking at that photo.

  • Dan

    A sea of bros training to be sr. lawyer bro hanging in logan
    square, the broeyest part of the city. Afterwards I imagine they hit the Greatest American Bar or the Irishiest Pub/Tavern. I really need to get out there: should be some easy pickins.

    But sadly I don’t own golf shirts with critters on them and don’t begin every sentence with the word “sick.” Guess I don’t have a chance with the bleached blonde orange-skinned females that are peppered-in there. I just hope they are boarding the brobus back to the yunk or conshy and not crashing their passats against those flimsy rails on the schuylkill.

    • lisalisa

      The subways sometimes feel that packed during rush hour.

  • rob

    Table 31 is still open?

  • Jan D

    Is this philly.com or foobooz?

  • Jaleh Najafali

    While the cocktails definitely suck at some Sips participants, it’s not all awful. It’s certainly not something to go to for a fantastic dining experience and you’re not going to get the best food, but every once in awhile it can be a fun time out with friends. Like restaurant week, I don’t necessarily think you’re getting a deal, but it is a new way to experience a restaurant.

  • PPABootSquadVinnie

    Man o Manoshewicz, youse guys are one bunch of poseur Aholes. Do any of you have fun Anywhere, or do too many people know about ‘your’ places? Shut up, get a drink, get Laid for chrissake and Stop trying to get the Last Word In- Hey Frank, do you think Anyone cares about your ‘L & I’ rant?

    • chaya

      FRANK RIZZO??? hello, doesn’t anybody get it?