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UPDATED: Stateside applies for outside seating on other side of the bar

This post has been updated from an earlier version.

A liquor license popped up on Stateside’s window a couple days ago saying they were expanding their outside seating. That can mean only one thing: seats on both sides of the bar.

Get those trash cans out of the way so we can imagine sitting on stools out there.

Get those trash cans out of the way so we can imagine sitting on stools out there.

Tables already had been placed along the Cross Street side of the restaurant, leaving a gaping opportunity for more seating on the Passyunk side. The windows swing out, and the bartenders stand in the middle of what is essentially a double-sided bar.


Despite the glare, the license app says they’re applying for an “extension of premises” outside, plus a cryptic “6×49, 7x 14.” Presumably, that’s six feet by 49 feet on the Cross street side plus seven feet by 14 feet on the front, Passyunk side.

A bartender told us last summer that they planned to put stools up on the outside of the bar. Those would have to be some pretty high stools, which could be kind of dangerous.

Another bartender said this week that he believed the plan was for stools, but Stateside told us today that it will just be regular outside seating. We imagine that if high stools would have been the case, they would have to be some pretty sturdy suckers – or else you’d have a lot of cocktail-induced concussions on your hands.

Imagine sitting at that bar outside, this could have been your view, though that specific pretty girl who wrote a Philly Love Note about the restaurant might not be there at the time.

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5 Responses to UPDATED: Stateside applies for outside seating on other side of the bar

  1. Jeremy April 3, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    These guys are shifty.
    At the zoning meetings before they opened they insisted this would not be the case. Here the bartender states it was “the plan all along”. They also said they put the entrance on the Cross St side because they had to install a handicap ramp. Another lie. The result was the only bar/restaurant on the Avenue where the entrance is on the residential block.
    We’re proud that they had the best chef in town (certainly not the best restaurant based on the reviews of their service) but we didn’t expect employees to take cigarette breaks on our stoops, literally half way down the block at times. There’s something a bit off about the management and their inability to be straight with the community. We welcome new and vibrant businesses. We don’t welcome deception.

    • Albert Stumm April 3, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Jeremy, a little clarification. I’ve updated the post to remove the reference to that being “the plan all along.” The bartender told us last summer that stools were the plan, but it was an incorrect leap for me to infer that management had been planning to do so “all along.” Sorry for the confusion.

      • Jeremy April 3, 2013 at 11:18 am #

        No problem.
        The bottom line is not whether they were planning all along. The issue is they said they wouldn’t do this.
        As for expanded seating, If they had their way they would probably set up seating all along the block from Passyunk down to Dickinson. Maybe with some 2-tops on a few stoops. They should just set up tables on the fountain like Izumi, Davinci, etc and stop encroaching on the residential side.
        My two cents.

        • Steve Jones April 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

          Jeremy, thanks for the two cents. Kepp the change….

          • Jeremy April 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

            Kepp truckin’ bro.

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