A new restaurant and bar, what sort we have yet to discover, is coming to 1822 Spring Garden St., perhaps by mid-summer.

The building

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association voted not to oppose applicants seeking permits for a new eat-in restaurant at the site. A neighborhood development agreement (NDA) evolved out of the process because this application was for the vacant Store D in a four-storefront location. LSNA members wanted to be sure none of the other stores at this address, which include 3J’s Café and Kansai, could later become a convenience store. Those issues and others like noise, outdoor seating, and traffic congestion were addressed and resolved in the NDA.

What we imagine would be the location of the new establishment, next to Feder's

Applicants still must apply for a liquor license and other permits before they can get started in earnest. There are already pizza shops and a tavern along the way on Spring Garden St., plus the dining options along Fairmount Avenue are close by. This is definitely an accessible location with plenty of people to feed and plenty of quality places around to compete against, or to contribute to the food scene with. But what will it be? Is it possible one of our innovative local restaurateurs has set their eyes on the edge of the Logan Square neighborhood?

With delightful produce market Feder’s Fresh also in the building, this new business will only make this corner more inviting for neighborhood residents. And when one considers Bart Blatstein’s development of the State and Inquirer buildings just blocks away, 1822 Spring Garden St. becomes an even more attractive location in the years to come.

To be continued…

–Lou Mancinelli