Back in November, an online petition started circulating to gather local support for the old Boot and Saddle‘s re-opening. The now-defunct music venue, located at 1131 S. Broad Street, closed around 1996 and after word got around that Avram Hornik wanted to reboot the bar, the South Broad Street Neighbors Association filed a petition to block the transfer of Hornik’s liquor license.
But supporters of the new Boot, which would have Four Corners Management takeover the abandoned establishment, claim that the new music venue could financially rejuvenate the somewhat struggling area and bring in increased revenue to surrounding businesses like Mui Cheng or the Broad Street Diner.
The South Broad Street Neighbors Association, however, is concerned that the music venue may perturb nearby neighbors and generally disrupt the non-existent tranquility of the area. President of the SBSNA told Metro Philly, “… we see the space as an opportunity to bring something different to the neighborhood. Our goal is to have something like a nice restaurant to anchor that side of Broad.”
Hmmm, a “nice” restaurant that will never compete with Passyunk’s stable of stellar eateries or a new music venue? We’ll let you decide…
Tomorrow night, a public meeting will be held at the Morgan Conference Room in Methodist Hospital at 7 pm at (Broad and Ritner). David Goldfarb, who initiated the petition, is asking nearby neighbors (hey, that’s us!) to attend and show support for the venue.
Everyone else should go and sign the petition, that is, unless you’re holding out for another South Philly episode of Kitchen Nightmares.