It is funny to see it on Craigslist. Of course, whatever it takes to sell it and maybe have something great there.
Hmm, that may be a problemListing does not include 253 Market(additional 988sf)
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I believe 253 has a different owner.
It should be chopped up and turned back into smaller storefronts.
There are a lot of vacant smaller storefronts around. A nice, large space at a corner anchor could be nice. But the $3.5M seems a bit of a pie in the sky price.
The area is dying for a great lunch spot with accessible prices. The choices are either too commital for a lunch, pizza or Fork Etc. which is blah IMO no matter how I tried to like it.
Jonathan Adler going in on 3rd was a step in the right direction. I'd love to see a larger second location for Open House...
I don't know...I think there are possibilities.
I agree with you in theory, but walking traffic just doesn't support it. Look at the lunch spots we have and what they attract. Sonny's, Campo's, etc. for tourists(and me occasionally), Nicks for the workinng men, Cuba, Q, and a few more for the few suits around Old City at that hour. I've been to all for lunch and have never seen any extremely busy. Now how could such a huge place sustain such a large space? (Seriously asking-not being rude for once)
Yeah, all the lunch places there don't fit the void Fork Etc. should though. We'd walk to Cosi to get a soup, salad and sandwich. Cuba is too dinnery, Continental is always busy with business people but too sit down for the average day. Anyway, I hope something nice takes over...because there are plenty of vacant storefronts.
Wonder how a little Ben Lovell would do there?
I agree splitting the buildings up might be the best way to go. After all Old City has a lot of corner properties empty right now. 5th & Market, 4th & Market, 3rd & Market. Market & Bank, 3rd & Chestnut, Chestnut & Bank, 2nd & Arch, Front & Market, 3rd & Quarry and 3rd & Vine.
A small deli type of lunch spot might be interesting. Maybe even something like the Foodery in Northern Liberties that also has a great takeout beer selection.
Foodery type place is a good idea. Unfortunately, I don't see it happening since I could see certain neighbors on the northside of market going apesh*t over the thought.
A coffee shop that stayed open until midnight would be nice.
It should be a bull**** destination place for tourists, sorry guys. Something in the vein of Hard Rock Cafe would be able to fill the space, attract enough people, have big and strong signage. Maybe a DeNardo's type locally-owned tourist place if that makes anyone feel any better, but a Bertucci's or something would be good for the area.
Last edited by BarryG; 03-05-2011 at 07:26 PM.
Thats a hot corner! A Tavern with an outdoor deck!
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Don't forget the price tag...
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