Raul Castro said he is currently renovating the building and has encountered some snags.
That means the restaurant, which he was initially hoping to open this summer, is now tentatively slated for the beginning of fall, sometime in September or October.
Castro is concentrating on repairing the “major damage” to the building due to it being unoccupied for so long. Gavone’s closed at least two years ago and was foreclosed on. City records don’t yet reflect the sale and still say the building is owned by Wells Fargo.
Castro and his family have not decided on a name for the new restaurant, but described the fare as “home-style Mexican food, like the way my grandma, mom, and aunts cook at home.” The menu will be a bit shorter than that of Plaza Garibaldi’s, but it will still offer authentic Mexican food.
Castro also wants to apply for a liquor license so that the establishment is able to serve margaritas and various Mexican drinks and beers.
Castro explained, “I am from South Philly, and I want to give back to the neighborhood. I’m a family person, and I like to do business and bring that business to my area. I want to give back to the neighborhood.”
Sounds great to us.
It also sounds like this place has the possibility to be LoMo’s Cantina. You know, one of those first restaurants that spur further development in their area, just like Cantina did for East Passyunk in 2005. This one may not be as buzzy as Cantina because there’s not a big name behind it, but Plaza Garibaldi’s gotten good reviews on Yelp and Grubhub for its food and value, though it doesn’t seem to be much on atmosphere. What do you think?
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