Center City’s Next Hot Blocks?


It’s been a long time since anyone has called Chestnut Street hot. But the span from 19th Street to 22nd Street on Chestnut is poised to transform that side of Center City.

In just a couple of months Noche will become George Sabatino’s solo project, Aldine. That restaurant will serve as a gateway to the stretch. Also on the drawing board for the 1900 block is Hill Country Barbecue which would replace the recently vacated liquor store at 1913 Chestnut Street. On the other end of the block, Jane G’s sleek look welcomes pedestrians from 20th Street’s already booming stretch, that features  Village Whiskey, Tinto, Capogiro and Shake Shack.

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New Barbecue and Music Spot for Center City

hill country barbecue marketOn Philly Chit Chat, HughE Dillon is saying that Hill Country Barbecue and Market is coming to the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. Dillon says the New York-based barbecue joint is taking over the old liquor store at 1913 Chestnut Street.

Hill Country Barbecue and Market currently has locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Washington D.C., each of which also offers live music.

If Hill Country does come to Philadelphia, the plans are in their infancy, no liquor license application has been applied for yet according to the PLCB’s system.

Pete Wells of the New York Times gave the Manhattan location two stars back in 2012.

Hill Country Barbecue and Market [Official]