American Hipster Presents, a YouTube TV show visits with Little Baby’s Ice Cream. If you can get by the flute playing and a truly hideous sweater you can see inside the future Little Baby’s ice cream shop on Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue and their stand at Union Transfer.
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.
On Thursday, February 9th Yelp is throwing a party at Union Transfer and all you need to attend is a Yelp account and an RSVP. Yelp typically throws parties for its elite members (members who post real names and pictures and who regularly write reviews for the site) every month but this party is at a much greater scale. Yelp Philadelphia Community Manager Michelle Cassidy is expecting in the neighborhood of 1,000 people to attend the event and why not? There will be plenty of free food (Khyber Pass Pub, Chabaa Thai, Chewy’s and more), drink (Triumph, Narragansett, Magners) and even salon services.
We have one piece of advice for people who go to see live music at Union Transfer, which opened last night: don’t go hungry. The menu begins at a bag of chips and ends at a candy bar. The road between the two consists of trail mix and a soft pretzel. That’s it. Four items. And none of them are duck-fat French fries.
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]
The most fun we had this week (in the office, anyway) was playing Caption This Photo. The best response we got (of many, many good ones), came from DS Nyce who came through with “I will have the Gary Larson special…” For those of you who don’t get the joke, dig this.
Yesterday we noted that Hop Sing Laundromat now has a web site. Today we share that Union Transfer has a unveiled a brand spanking new web site. And they have concerts scheduled already, local indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah opens the venue on September 21st.
The music venue is a joint effort of New York’s Bowery Presents, and locals Sean Agnew (R5 Productions) and Avram Hornik (4Corners Management). The space will hold between 600 and 1,000 people.
Tickets for the opening concert go on sale on Saturday, July 16th.
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.
First was the behemoth steakhouse Union Trust, then the Philadelphia Union soccer team. Next up will be the Union Tavern bar at 15th and Sansom. And now we find out that the former Spaghetti Warehouse turned music venue will be called Union Transfer.
As we first reported, the venue will see Philadelphia’s R5 Productions and Four Corners Management’s Avram Hornik partnering. Michael Klein adds that New York booking company Bowery Presents will also be involved. The venue hopes to open by September.
As for why Union Transfer, that was the name of the turn of the century building occupant and as Philadelphia Ghost Sign Project documents, you can still see the painted sign on the building.
Avram Hornik’s (Drinker’s Pub, Drinker’s Tavern, Drinker’s West, Noche, Lucy’s Hat Shop)Â live music venue looks to have new life. Originally planned for the old Jumbo Theater at Front and Girard, Hornik’s name is on the liquor license application at 1026 Spring Garden Street, the just closed Spaghetti Warehouse. Joining Hornik on the license is local promoter andÂ R5 Production’s headmanÂ Sean Agnew.
We’ve heard the plan is for an 800 capacity live music venue that would join Polaris and Electric Factory as live music venues in the area.
We’re still waiting to hear back from Hornik or Agnew.
Update: There has been some confusion regarding this post and accusations that it wasn’t fact checked.
Fact checking does indeed have a place in a digital age and that is what Foobooz engaged in prior to running this story. After hearing a rumor of a music venue from a local source we reached out to the parties involved. We received no comment but did an online search of the PLCB licensees database. It was there that we found Hornik and Agnew listed as officers. We never stated their names where on the physical orange placard.
With that information we made the decision to publish the story and we stand behind it as a thoroughly fact-checked post.
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