It’s been eight years since Rudolph Giuliani was knighted and Italy adopted the euro. It’s also been eight years since the Old City property at Second and Arch Streets had a mom (NakedPhilly reminder: Mother’s Day is this Sunday). The former Trenton China Pottery building (actually, nine of them, totaling 55K square feet) that runs from 127-37 Arch Street to 101-107 N. Second Street finally sold to a group of “undisclosed local investors” for 1.4M, according to the Old City Civic Association. “The street-level floor will remain commercial, according to the plan, and the upper floors will be residential,” says Janet Kalter of OCCA. We think the street-floor level would be perfect for a bar. . . .wait, hear us out . . . . a neighborhood bar that could cater to the good residents of Old City that don’t wear Antik denim jeans and listen to Brittney Spears mash-ups. Old City is in need of another Race Street Cafe, a larger gastropub that can bring together the oft-misrepresented residents of Old City (they aren’t all college kids looking for cheap drinks at Lucy’s among wayward tourists who don’t know any better) the way Memphis Taproom brought together Kensington.
That, or a gym with a tanning salon.