Several restaurants set to open this year in growing Spring Arts neighborhood

Hadas Kuznits
January 25, 2019 - 5:00 am
An example of the growing Spring Arts neighborhood, representing Love City Brewing before and after.

Courtesy of Arts + Crafts Holdings

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The so-called Spring Arts neighborhood in Philadelphia is preparing to redefine itself as developers bring in businesses locals love best: restaurants.

The Spring Arts neighborhood is loosely defined as the east side of Broad Street from Spring Garden to Callowhill streets.

Craig Grossman, general partner of Arts + Crafts Holdings at Sixth and Spring Garden streets, believes this is the year for the neighborhood.

"You will begin to see some new restaurants opening up," he said, the first at 990 Spring Garden St. "It will be called The Lucky Well. Chad Rosenthal is the chef and the mastermind behind this, and he just lives and breathes barbecue, so you'll see that opening up I believe as early as this March."

A before and after comparison of Roy Pitz Barrel House in the Spring Arts neighborhood.
Courtesy of Arts + Crafts Holdings

Another big restaurant will open across the street in the second quarter of the year at 915 Spring Garden St.

"A start-up brewery called Triple Bottom Brewing," said Grossman, "where their mission is beer, people and the planet."

Then, chef Michael Pasquarello is set to open an Asian-inspired Mexican food concept in the former Jiffy Lube building at 11th and Spring Garden.

"And if I'm not mistaken, the vibe comes from a small town in Baja where ... it's the largest contingent of Chinese people in a Mexican city called, La Chinesca."

Toward the end of the year, another business will open at 990 Spring Garden St. called Location 215, which will be an "event concept."

But Grossman said that's not all.

"We do have a few more that are cooking," he noted, "so I wouldn't be surprised if you see a little bit later in the year, and then also moving into 2020 a few more food and beverage concepts that surface."

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