The lower end of South Broad Street is about to get mighty interesting, dining-wise.
The City Planning Commission today approved plans to subdivide plots at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and one will allow a 228-seat restaurant (156 seats inside, 72 outside) to open in a two-story brick building on the east side of the front gate. (You've passed it a hundred times. See Google street view photo.)
I hear that developer P&A Associates, which has the Murano and the St. James in its portfolio, is in deep talks with a Philly restaurateur who wants to open by the end of the year. (Who? It's not signed. And since you'll surely ask: Stephen Starr says he's not involved.)
Gorgeous building, stunning nautical views. P&A also will get a relaxation of rules that all but close the base at night so that the restaurant can operate after normal business hours.
Question is: Who will go there? It's less than a mile from the new Xfinity Live, coming up on the site of the former Spectrum, which will have its own complement of restos.
The planners also approved a plan for Urban Outfitters, a tenant at the Navy Yard, to open a new restaurant in what is now a photo studio. UO's cafeteria, open to the public during business hours in what's known as Building 543, happens to offer some of the best grub in South Philly.