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.
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.