R5 Productions, the city’s premiere DIY show promotions agency, will book a sort of new South Philly venue in the fall. Though a firm launch date hasn’t been announced, the Grails will play at the Boot and Saddle on Sept. 14th, so we know it’ll definitely be open then.
The venue is at Broad and Ellsworth, and it’s now best known for its iconic sign. The club is owned by Four Corners Management, aka Avram Hornik (Lucy’s Hat Shop, Dolphin Tavern, Drinkers, Union Transfer Ortlieb’s), who has called upon R5 to make the space work as a music venue. It’s a good spot for it because it’s across the street from the Broad Street Diner–a show and late-night burger and fries sounds just about right.
According to a City Paper article from last year:
[Hornik] is hopeful the return of the old-school Philly fixture will lend momentum to a South Broad Street revival. “One of the best things about Philadelphia is that it’s a mixed-use city,” he said. “There’s so much going on everywhere here.”