The Rittenhouse neighborhood contains some of the most gorgeous historic architecture in the city, with gobs of early 20th century skyscrapers creating the handsome facades and dense scale that’s so familiar to us today. The building at 1411 Walnut St. is a shining example of this, designed by famed architect Horace Trumbauer, whose mark can be found across the city in his many grand buildings he imagined in tandem with fellow Philadelphian Julian Abele. Formerly home to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange shortly after its completion in 1911, this building is now an apartment building managed by PMC Property Group and its first floor was most recently home to a Morton’s Steakhouse and a Citizens Bank. Both businesses have closed here, leaving a sizable vacancy in this handsome and well located building.
As you have likely ascertained at this point, there is something new coming to the ground level, which is conveniently positioned along the constantly growing retail options just up the street. Thanks to a submission to the Sign Committee of the Philadelphia Art Commission, we are happy to report that a new concept is coming our way. Flight Club will be setting up shop along Walnut Street, bringing what it calls “Social Darts®” to the expanding retail and experiential commercial offerings in the area. And to avoid any sneakerhead confusion, this is not the other Flight Club, which offers both online and retail locations to score hard-to-find kicks.
As far as what to expect on the inside, look for high-end, moody interiors, if the vibes at any of their six other locations are any indication. This fast-paced style of darts is targeted towards large groups, so expect to see a sizable footprint for the Club, which will also offer food and booze.
While we wouldn’t say that we’re darts afficionados, this seems like a good concept in the right location. Sitting close to the central business district, this area will likely be a magnet for happy hours for the nearby office workers, which are slowly but surely making their way back to the city, despite the recent work-from-home trends. Its location right along the Avenue of the Arts also makes it an appealing pre- or post-show spot to meet up with a few dozen of your closest friends. We’re not sure when this will open in the 7,500 sqft space, but count us in for slinging some darts and having a beverage inside this Philly landmark.
UPDATE (6/29/2023): Flight Club does not have a signed lease at the time of publishing; we’ll be sure to provide you with updates when new information is available.