Morgan’s Pier, which opened on the Delaware riverfront two summers ago has made a splash each year with a significant name in the kitchen.
In Morgan’s Pier inaugural year it was David Katz of the much loved Mémé who ran the restaurant operation. Last year, the ownership group that includes Avram Hornick and Sean Agnew tapped George Sabatino who had just made a name for himself at Stateside.
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“Back in the saddle again” is more than just an Aerosmith lyric. It’s what looks to become a familiar refrain as I return time and again to Boot & Saddle, the bar from Avram Hornik and Sean Agnew (Morgan’s Pier, Union Transfer) that restores the country-western joint that closed more than 15 years ago into something altogether new that feels like it hasn’t changed in decades. The western paintings remain from the old Boot & Saddle, as do the stamped-tin walls and ceilings. What is new is a bar illuminated by an I-beam lassoed in thick rope, with six Edison-style bulbs hanging down. And then there’s the 150-person-capacity live-music venue behind a soundproof door at the back of the dining area. Even the much-cooler-than-me waitress admitted needing to Google most of the bands, but the vibe is undeniable. During a British punk band’s set, the bar area’s music matched the live band’s energy; on a quiet Tuesday night, the same bar became a welcoming oasis. The beer list is well-curated, with some hard-to-find American craft brews, and while the cocktail lineup was less successful, you should probably just be drinking whiskey here anyway. Plus, George Sabatino has designed the short and vegetarian-friendly menu with all options coming in under $15. So however the night finds you, this Saddle won’t chafe.
Boot & Saddle [Foobooz]
First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
It’s been a long, long run for Old City bar Lucy’s Hat Shop, which Avram Hornik opened at 247 Market Street way back in 1998. But now, the bar’s end is near. Read more »
This winter there will be a lot more than just a ice-skating rink. | Photo by G. WIDMAN FOR GPTMC
The Blue Cross RiverRink on the Delaware Riverfront is turning twenty years old this year and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has some great sounding plans for the rink this year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve the waterfront will be hosting a pop-up holiday village. The grounds will be designed by David Fierabend of Groundswell Design (Morgan’s Pier, PHS Pop Up Garden) and will feature a 400-person warming tent. The tent will house a temporary bar and restaurant by Four Corners’ Management (Avram Hornik) and chef George Sabatino. Sabatino will be serving up a menu of “winter favorites” in a restaurant surrounded by garden grounds of pine trees, fire pits and the ice rink.
So basically, what they’re creating is a winter equivalent to the PHS Pop Up Garden. Complete with the same designer and operator. Sounds good to us.
South Broad Street’s Boot and Saddle is reopening this September as a 150-person capacity live music destination with 60-seat bar and restaurant. Closed since 1995, the bar with the giant neon boot on the side will be reopening under the direction of R5 Productions, Sean Agnew, The Bowery Presents and FCM’s Mark Fichera and Avram Hornik.
In addition to local and national artists ranging from punk, metal and indie rock to electronic, singer-songwriters there will even be some country back at the old Country and Western bar.
While live music will be the attraction in the back room, the 60-seat main room and kitchen will be open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The full-service bar will include ten local craft beers on tap plus seasonal beers from around the United States. Also expect to see some inexpensive crowd favorites.
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George Sabatino will be in the kitchen at Morgan’s Pier when it opens this Thursday, May 9th but that won’t be the only place you can get his food this summer. Groundswell Design Group is collaborating with The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, University of the Arts, and Avram Hornik (4 Corners Management) to create a “Pop Up Garden” at 313 S. Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center.
Beginning on Thursday, May 16th, the pop-up garden will transform a vacant lot into a community space. Locust trees will provide shade for visitors who stop in for a drink and bite of food after work. Repurposed shipping containers will be used to serve the food and drinks. Vintage metal rocking chairs, a sculptural wall constructed from old shipping pallets and strings of market lights will warm the lot.
The garden will offer three varieties of craft beer, sangria and casual food by Sabatino.
The pop-up garden hours:
Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Local artist, Tim Gough snapped this shot of the newly restored neon at the Dolphin Tavern last night. The Dolphin is set to reopen on Wednesday, March 20th.
The Passyunk Post is reporting that Avram Hornik is looking to reopen the Dolphin Tavern in short order. The sometimes awesome bar with occasional striptease has been closed since the summer.
Unclear is whether Hornik will continue the go-go past, either similar to what the Dolphin had going or more like what the Trestle Inn is today. We’ve got calls out to the involved parties and will update this post when we get more details.
Hornik’s empire has been rapidly expanding. He owns Lucy’s Hat Shop, Noche, Drinkers Pub, Drinkers Tavern, Drinkers West, Morgans Pier, Ortlieb’s Lounge and Union Transfer. He’s also working to restore the long abandoned Boot & Saddle, also on South Broad Street.
HUGE! Avram Hornik Taking Over Dolphin Tavern – With Pics Inside [Passyunk Post]
Photo via the Passyunk Post
Ground has been broken on Avram Hornik’s riverfront beer garden, Morgan’s Pier. The open air seasonal venue adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is aiming to open by Thursday, May 24th. The spot will feature live music, dancing and food reminiscent of a backyard picnic-and barbecue. Landscape architect, Groundswell Design Group ,whose work you may have seen in the exterior area at Talula’s Garden, is working on the project. The firm is bringing in large Linden trees, repurposed and reclaimed elements and lighting to make for a welcoming and relaxing Delaware riverfront spot.
Groundswell Design Group [Official Site]
Avram Hornik has gotten the zoning go ahead from the city to open the Boot & Saddle on south Broad Street. The approval comes with the provision that neighbors not be affected by sound coming from the Boot & Saddle. Hornik plans to bring in R5 Productions to book music act at the refurbished space. The building has been vacant for more than a decade and construction will begin this summer and continue into 2013. And yes, the sign will be restored.
Check out what the interior looks like today on Meal Ticket.
Broad Street’s Boot & Saddle will reopen by next year [Meal Ticket]