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]
Avram Hornik’s plans for the Boot & Saddle on South Broad Street will be going in front of the neighborhood tonight. The South Broad Street Neighbors Association (SBSNA) Zoning meeting will hear the application for Hornik’s plans to turn the Boot & Saddle into a restaurant and bar with live music.
When the plans were first revealed, SBSNA President Peter Zutter said the neighbors association was not thrilled by the idea. Since then a petition in favor of the project has been circulated online and gathered almost 1,200 signatures.
1131 South Broad Street (Boot & Saddle Bar) – The application is for the Use as a Restaurant/Bar where more than Fifty (50) people congregate, including D.J. Music, Live Entertainment, and/or self contained Sound System and Dancing by patrons, in the same building with accessory Office on the 2nd Floor, and a Single-Family Dwelling on the 3rd Floor. No Signs on this Application. Zoning Classification = C-2
Interested neighbors should show up to Morgan Conference Room of Methodist Hospital, Broad and Ritner Streets at 7 p.m.
SBSNA Zoning [Official Site]
Avram Hornik’s Ortlieb’s Lounge
The Philadelphia Daily News scores an interview with Avram Hornik, the man behind Lucy’s Hat Shop, Noche, three Drinker’s locations and more recently, Union Transfer and Ortlieb’s Lounge. It’s an interesting look at the man and how he now sees live entertainment as vital to the places he’s looking to open.
And as a follow-up Michael Klein gets the name for Hornik’s successor to Octo. The riverfront bar with live entertainment will be known as Morgan’s Pier, in honor of the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.
On the night side with Avram Hornik [Philadelphia Daily News]
Rock Lobster giving way to Morgan’s Pier [The Insider]
Ortlieb’s Lounge has announced that the reborn Orltlieb’s Jazzhaus will reopen with live entertainment on Tuesday, April 17th. Rebuilt by Four Corners Management and Avram Hornik will offer a variety of live entertainment six nights a week including “Jazz Jam Sessions” on Tuesdays. The night will be hosted by former Ortlieb’s owner and booker, Pete Souders. Wednesday will feature and “Open Mic Soul Jam” and Thursdays will headline the Ortlieb’s house band, “Sittin’ Back” with Slo’n Shakey.
Weekends will include a mix of rock, funk and soul spun by Philadelphia DJs and Sundays will be dedicated to an open mic comedy night.
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This will be the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from the beer garden – Photo by HughE Dillon
Last year we had a great Memorial Day Sunday beer garden crawl that made stops at Memphis Taproom, Frankford Hall and Silk City. This year it sounds like we’ll have a new stop on the tour. Michael Klein reports that the Union Transfer team of Avram Hornik, Sean Agnew and company are opening an American beer garden at the former Octo on Delaware Avenue.
There will be space for 200 bikes to park and local craft beers on draft.
Union Transfer crew going to riverfront with a beer garden [The Insider]
Today’ Metro has a story on Avram Hornik’s plan for resurrecting the long-closed Boot & Saddle Bar at Broad and Ellsworth and the resistance it has already received from the South Broad Street Neighbors Association (SBSNA).
“We’re not thrilled about it,” said [SBSNA] President Peter Zutter, who heard Hornik present plans at an Oct. 18 community meeting. “We’re familiar with his other locations and it’s not really the kind of development we want to see on that part of Broad Street.”
The neighbors association promises to fight the liquor license transfer.
Us, we imagine a day when a newly re-lit neon boot beckons life back to a neglected commercial block. It’s proximity to the Broad Street line making it a great meeting place before or after a sporting event at the stadium complex. Hell, we might even try to line dance.
Boot & Saddle: Big shoes to fill for bar’s new owner [Metro Philadelphia]
There’s a new liquor license in the window at the old Boot & Saddle bar on Broad Street near Ellsworth. BootPhilly LLC is the corporation name and is registered to 1845 Walnut Street, the same address as Avram Hornik’s 4 Corners Management.
A call to the office revealed nothing more than that a lot people at 4 Corners don’t come to work on Fridays.
A post by the South Broad Neighbors Association on Facebook also alluded to Hornik.
We’ll be following this one excitedly as we’ve long wished for the Boot & Saddle sign to be re-illuminated.
The Feast lands an interview with Avram Hornik about the upcoming Union Transfer. Looks pretty awesome. [The Feast]
Rich Rivera and Rob Nydick, who own Agiato and the Main Street Market in Manayunk are planning two more Main Street projects. Dos Vatos Tacos will be a taco shack opening in October and Cervisia will be a beer-centered restaurant and bottle shop. [The Insider]
The Port Richmond Ale House will not be a gastropub. It will however offer a low key spot to hang. [Meal Ticket]
Yong Chi of Giwa is heading across Broad Street to open Rice & Mix, a “Korean version of Chipotle.” [Philadelphia Inquirer]
A close source says Avram Hornik (Drinker’s Tavern, Drinker’s Pub, Drinker’s West, Lucy’s Hat Shop, Noche) has acquired Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus and plans to reopen it as a jazz club. Records confirm that Hornik’s 4 Corners Management shares the same address as ORT JAZZ LLC, the name of the applicant in the just posted liquor license application.
Hornik is also involved with Union Transfer, a much bigger live music venue set to open this Fall on Spring Garden in the former Spaghetti Factory.