“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.
Boot and Saddle Sign | Photo by Jeff Fusco
Boot and Saddle has been an early smash success as a bar and music venue. There has been some good feedback on the original menu as well. Now that menu is getting an expansion under chef Christopher Davis’s watchful eye. Now on the menu is charred broccoli, hash browns, fries, mussels and a pasta of the week.
Also new is a happy hour menu of snacks for $4 and less. Happy hour food specials run from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $3 Pennsylvania beers from 6 to 8 p.m.
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With Morgan’s Pier winding down we were wondering what George Sabatino would be getting into this fall. At Feastival he told us that he has been working on the menu at Boot and Saddle and was very excited for who was going to be the executive chef. Today we can tell you that Chris Davis will be the executive chef at Boot and Saddle and will be executing a menu overseen by Sabatino.
Davis comes to Boot and Saddle after a stint at Popolino and as chef de cuisine at Barbuzzo.
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The Boot and Saddle has reopened on South Broad Street after decades of neglect. Monday night the completely refurbished bar and music venue opened with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo performing. WXPN’s Matt Shaver filed this report on the concert and the venue. If you’re interested in checking out the Boot and Saddle for yourself, this evening will feature the Citywide Specials performing. The band features Kevin James Holland, who might be more familiar to you as the Best of Philly bartender from West Philadelphia’s Fiume.
Tickets for the show are $8. Admission to the bar is free.
Boot and Saddle [Official Site]
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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The South Broad Street Neighborhood Association has taken its ire to Facebook, where it has posted a photo of the strange shed that sits outside of Dolphin Tavern. The bar is part of Avram Hornik’s Four Corners Management, which also owns Drinkers, Lucy’s Hat Shop and the soon-to-reopen Boot and Saddle. Four Corners is staging a major South Broad revitalization effort, which is much appreciated. But the shed outside does look, from the photo, out of place.
The Association posted the photo, above, along with these words:
The Dolphin Tavern has a new addition. Besides being dog ugly, it was built without zoning and permits. If you care about how our neighborhood looks, call them and tell them what an eye sore they have created.
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The Broad Street armory as seen a couple days ago.
Michael Carosella, the developer who owns the dilapidated armory on the 1200 block of South Broad, is not exactly known for preservation work. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the latest news about the armory–first built in 1886 for the Third Regiment of the National Guard–is that it’s going to be demolished.
Initially, the armory was sold with a “no demo” stipulation. But that was vacated, and by the time Carosella bought it a few days ago, his plan to demolish the building had been opposed only by neighborhood residents who felt it should be protected due to historical value–and due to the Frank Sinatra mural on its side. But that doesn’t matter now. Due to the Market Street disaster, the city wants the armory, which is in terrible shape, to be torn down quickly to avoid any collapse.
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Last we heard from the Avram Hornik (Four Corners)/R5 Productions, Boot & Saddle project on south Broad was that it had hit apparently hit a bit of a snag back. But that was back in March and now our friends over at Property, Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog, have spotted a Grails concert scheduled for September 14th at the Broad and Ellsworth venue. The concert is one of three scheduled between September 14th and 20th.
The Boot & Saddle has been closed for more than a decade and will be reborn much the way the Dolphin Tavern has down the street.
R5 Productions [Official Site]
City Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most distinctive and exquisite buildings, and though there’s plenty of opportunity to get news about what happens inside, it’s not often residents can get a detailed look at the famed Second Empire exterior without closeup photographs–or maybe a rogue helicopter.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, however, has numerous rooms with a view–none so gorgeous as this condo that’s now on the market for $1.35 million. While some Ritz residents are making plans to sell because they fear their views will be blocked when (if) the planned W Hotel/Westin Element gets built at 15th and Chestnut, this unit seems safe from impending construction doom.
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We’re not telling tales out of school when we say that sometimes you need to wear some serious rose-colored glasses when buying in South Philly. The grandmom interiors can be rather staggering, leading to Google searches like “wood paneling solutions” and “carpet removal.” Not so with this house above Broad and Ellsworth, half a block from the Broad Street subway, close to the Passyunk Square Dog Park, and perhaps most importantly, not too far from American Sardine Bar.
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