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    Default New restaurant by 4th and Spring Garden?

    Looks like the old and vacant restaurant by 4th and Spring Garden, just North of CVS, is finally getting a makeover! Today they were ripping off the facade to put a new entrance and windows. Anyone know what's going in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveisnoise View Post
    Looks like the old and vacant restaurant by 4th and Spring Garden, just North of CVS, is finally getting a makeover! Today they were ripping off the facade to put a new entrance and windows. Anyone know what's going in?
    You're not talking about the Lafayette Bistro, right?

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    It was originally going to be a cheese-steak type of joint. Then, the neighborhood requested more of a sit-down type of place, so now they have a more "family style" sort of menu, whatever that means (chicken nuggets?)... from what I recall it will still be open until 11 or midnight, no alcohol. the apts. upstairs will not be renovated at the same time, the building owner doesn't have the money for that right now. they also mentioned they want to put ugly diamond plate around the first floor. supposedly they will be keeping / updating the old patterson's sign with the new restaurant name.

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    On one extreme-it is friggin' ridiculous when neighborhood groups wish to design a restaurant's menu for approval.

    On another extreme-didn't diamond plate go out of style in 1997, and was only in vogue for about 8 months.
    Quote Originally Posted by carpetbagger View Post
    It was originally going to be a cheese-steak type of joint. Then, the neighborhood requested more of a sit-down type of place, so now they have a more "family style" sort of menu, whatever that means (chicken nuggets?)... from what I recall it will still be open until 11 or midnight, no alcohol. the apts. upstairs will not be renovated at the same time, the building owner doesn't have the money for that right now. they also mentioned they want to put ugly diamond plate around the first floor. supposedly they will be keeping / updating the old patterson's sign with the new restaurant name.

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    From what I recall, I think neighbors and the NLNA were concerned with lines forming down the street / into the CVS parking lot, wary of noise, etc. There weren't a whole lot of details and the neighborhood wanted to know what it was getting into before approving. basically, didn't want it to become a pat/ geno's or south street sort of place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpetbagger View Post
    From what I recall, I think neighbors and the NLNA were concerned with lines forming down the street / into the CVS parking lot, wary of noise, etc. There weren't a whole lot of details and the neighborhood wanted to know what it was getting into before approving. basically, didn't want it to become a pat/ geno's or south street sort of place.
    With Finnegan's and other large bars/clubs in the immediate area, that's a legit concern, although could have been a huge business with the drunk market

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjm1971 View Post
    With Finnegan's and other large bars/clubs in the immediate area, that's a legit concern, although could have been a huge business with the drunk market
    That's a legitimate concern, really? A no-name cheesesteak place located in a mid-block rowhouse 2 blocks from Finnegan's would attract people by the thousands, wouldn't it? The business owner has every right to punch each meddling member of the NLNA in their f'ing faces.

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    Exactly. "this place has been vacant for years, but now that you're moving in? We would like to put impossible sanctions against you because we don't want you making that much money. In fact, we'd like you to fail so an organic vegan tex mex jewish byob can eventually move in to properly gentrify the block".

    All of this is nonsense. The pizza shop right across the street is already open late. If there was some mega drunk cheesesteak hungry crowd, then the strip mall would already be flooded every night.
    Quote Originally Posted by JePense View Post
    That's a legitimate concern, really? A no-name cheesesteak place located in a mid-block rowhouse 2 blocks from Finnegan's would attract people by the thousands, wouldn't it? The business owner has every right to punch each meddling member of the NLNA in their f'ing faces.

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    think they were more worried about the palmer social club crowd

 

 

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