Bynum Brothers Opening on North Broad

An orange liquor license application spotted at the former Route 6 has revealed that Robert and Benjamin Bynum are opening a restaurant at the corner of Broad and Mt. Vernon Streets. The Bynums previously owned Zanzibar Blue in the basement of the Bellevue years ago. The new restaurant will feature Southern food and live jazz. But when I spoke with partner Harry Hayman earlier, he explained it will certainly not be a return of Zanzibar.

The plan is to feature national jazz acts, grabbing headliners who might be performing in New York to come down to Philadelphia during the week. The restaurant will highlight bourbons with more than a hundred available, including some on tap.

For food, the Bynums and Hayman will be heading to Charleston later this month for some reconnaissance. They plan to hit more than ten restaurants while they are there. A second trip will take them to Savannah. Nice gig if you can get it.

This isn’t the first time the Bynums have considered North Broad. Just about a year ago, we spotted them checking out the Divine Lorraine along with chef Al Paris.

The Bynum brothers also operate Warmdaddy’s in South Philadelphia and Heirloom and Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill.

With the good bones of Route 6, they’re hoping to open before the end of the year.