The Blockley Coming To University City
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A tipster pointed us towards a Craigslist ad for the Blockley Pourhouse, a “beer garden/gastro pub” looking to open March 12th at 38th and Ludlow in University City (former home of everything from Brownie’s 23 East to Koko Bongo). We don’t have much more information yet but if you’re interested in working there, they’re having open calls tomorrow, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The name Blockley comes from the William Warner Estate of Blockley, the area that is now known as University City. But as the University City Historical Society notes, the name Blockley (like Koko Bongo) was “a synonym for misery, sordidness and suffering.” Much of that associated misery came from the Blockley Almshouse which met with an awful demise (PDF) in 1864.
But hey, now a new chapter in Blockley lore is about to be written and we hope it will be a better one.