Spring isn’t quite in the air just yet, but there sure is a lot of talk about sidewalk cafes.
At Wednesday night’s meeting of the East Passyunk Crossing zoning committee, representatives from the forthcoming Noord and the soon-to-be-relocated Artisan Boulanger Patissier presented plans to provide outdoor seating.
Chef Joncarl Lachman of Noord, along with landlord PARC’s Sam Sherman, presented a plan to add four two-person tables outside their location at 11th and Tasker. Two tables would be on Tasker, and two on 10th. The windows on both sides will have retractable fabric awnings, and a new wheelchair ramp will stretch along the 10th Street side. Tables will be open until 10pm on weeknights and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, per an agreement with the neighbors.
A quick peek through the windows the other day showed they had started some of the demo inside. They’re definitely revved up to beat our over-under date of May 10. There is a fancy bottle of champagne on the line, after all.
Artisan Boulanger, which will be moving to 1218 Mifflin (at the corner of Iseminger) this spring, is applying for permission to have three two-person tables on the Mifflin Street side. Co-owner Amanda Eap says their tables will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., so you can enjoy both breakfast and dessert there.
Their work has finally resumed after a two-month stall, thank god. That was after months of previous delays, but Eap’s husband and co-owner Andre Chin told us he’s finally found the right contractor (the third). He hopes to be open in a couple months. He’s only got another 60 days or so anyway, since Chris Scarduzio‘s taking over the current location at 12th and Morris.
Now that the applicants have met with the neighbors – the committee voted to recommend the applications to the board – the next step is for EPX to finalize its decision and send a letter to Councilman Mark Squilla. He’ll bring a bill to Council for a vote. Now let’s get these places up and running!