New Owners Ruining The Oustanding Bourse Food Court!

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  1. JimofPennsylvan

    JimofPennsylvan Well-Known Member

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    The new owner of the Bourse building is going to ruin an outstanding tourist asset for the City of Philadelphia. The Bourse Building is located on fifth street between Market Street and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia right in front of Bourse is essentially a beautiful open square that is one block square and extends to sixth street which holds the liberty bell pavilion and adjacent to one side of the square is Indepence Hall and to the other side is the Independence Visitor Center. In other words, the Bourse is located in the center of the historic district of Philadelphia. For decades upon decades the outstanding tourist asset of the Bourse is that it has a food court, a food court that has "affordable" food offered by a large variety of vendors and of course the atrium where the court is located is extraordinarily beautiful. If one goes in there around lunch time one can often see an abundance of tourists eating lunch tourist from all over the world but especially a lot of Americans and a lot of American families with children, one can see they are having a good time enjoying themselves. Seeing this sight can make one think it is really great for the City and America that there is this wonderful resource for toruists visiting one of the nation's most historic districts to have this wonderful place to take a break from their sightseeing or to have lunch.
    The tragedy that is about to unfold is that the new owners of the Bourse plan to eliminate the current food court and replace it with upscale restaurants and bars. Leaders of Philadelphia should engage in a lobby effort to these new owners to get them to shelve these plans. Indepence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center and the museums in the area are largely family tourist destinations, the higher priority need for the city is a place for these tourists not high quality and high priced bars and restaurants. Frankly this writer who is a lifetime resident to the region doesn't think the new owners plan will be a commercial success in the area for there is a lot of competition in the area in regard to the type of eating and drinking establishments the new owners are plannning. One idea the new owners could run with if they decide to stick with the Food Court at the Bourse is construct exit and entrance ways from the lower level of the Bourse Atrium right out to the street on fifth and fourth street sides and fill the lower level with retail establishments just like the Food court/shopping area in the Liberty Tower Buildings on chestnut street betwee 16th and 17th streets.
     
  2. The Count

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    A Sbarros, Flamers, China Express, etc makes for an "outstanding food court"?

    Maybe it's time for the Duck Boat tourists to step up their game. Reading Terminal is not far away and for those less adventurous there are still plenty of cheap fast food options within a block or two.

    The Bourse is beautiful building in a beautiful location and there is more to it than the first floor. I personally applaud what the new owners are going to do.

    D.C. firm buys controlling stake in the Bourse, plans $40M renovation

    Of course in the end it really doesn't matter what we think because we don't own it and they do.
     
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  3. Tartan69

    Tartan69 Pawn in game of life

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    Cheap family-friendly food options will still exist...they are called street carts.
     
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  4. Cro Burnham

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    So happy the Bourse is getting totally redone. As of now it is the perfect combination of 80s aesthetic tackiness and suburban food court pig slop food . Just awful. It'll be nice to see the space's dignity restored somewhat.
     
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    The Bourse as presently constructed is horrible and completely outdated. Your post is what the phrase "I literally can't even" was coined for.
     
  6. DCnPhilly

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    How are $4 slices of cheese pizza "affordable"? You can get a $3 cheesesteak from the vendor outside. The Bourse court is just an '80s/'90s tourist trap that lingered a little too long. And the trinket shops on the north side of the court are mostly owned by one person, and also available elsewhere along Chestnut and Market.
     
  7. OKT3

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    Speaking of 80's aesthetic tackiness, any other olds here remember Beverly Hills Bar and Grill?:eek:
     
  8. Cro Burnham

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    Jim just does not appreciate the notion of the paragraph.

    It's almost as if the original post was just more of that purposeless garbled copy produced some third-rate Tonga-based automated AI news generating service whose Google translate went on the fritz.

    The premise of this thread is both ridiculous and pointless.
     
  9. MNG1324

    MNG1324 Well-Known Member

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    The Bourse retail was initially upscale and had more floors devoted to retail that were later converted to office space.

    It obviously failed and they converted into the tourist trap food court and basement public toilets.

    Now an experienced firm is making a major buy of 3 properties with extensive renovations to follow. This is great news and maybe the tourists will head over to the food court of the renovated Gallery or the market will provide cheaper food options for tourists.
     
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    Yah, good luck to them. Reminds me of the Curtis Center.

    Better to just boot everyone out -- shops, fast food and remaining office tenants -- and turn it into a hotel, then one will have shops and restaurants populated by hotel guests.
     
  11. DCnPhilly

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    I could definitely see it being a hotel. It always reminded me of the food court at the Old Post Office Pavilion in DC that's being converted into a hotel by - ugh - Donald Trump.
     
  12. MNG1324

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    Well 27 vendors in the 25k of retail space in the Bourse by next summer. I can hardly wait to see which tenants they get.

    I'll probably get fatter since it's a closer walk than Chinatown or RTM.
     
  13. Debbie

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    I guess this means Liberty Chicken is no more. They had great chicken tenders.
     
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    The cheesesteak place formerly in the old bourse moved to 114 Market Street and the old German place( I think Bierstube was the name) is being converted into a burger, cheesesteak place that's obviously catering to tourists. So there's always going to be a market and it will be served even if the Bourse is becoming more upscale.

    They just need to get 3rd and Chestnut back together after the fire. The Street took forever to reopen and I hope we don't lose Capofritto or Amada(Jose has his own issues here).
     

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