It’s been 18 months, but now, finally, the craft-can bar Garage at 1231 E. Passyunk Ave. is just a matter of days from opening. They’re awaiting final permits, and we’ll keep you posted when they set their opening date, but in the meantime, take a look.
Here are the details: 125 beers in cans with hopes of expanding to 300 – all cans, no bottles – plus four beer taps, a full liquor bar and a couple cheap wines, probably a red and a white like at its sibling Bar on Sansom near 13th.
There are seats for 80, but their final certificate of occupancy will probably allow them to hold a few dozen more. (Don’t worry, there are six bathrooms.) Plus, there’s a pool table, pinball and skeeball, which will pay out tickets that you can cash in for prizes like beer cozies and T-shirts.
All the talk of bringing in a rotating roster of food trucks is now on hold until they can settle another set of permitting issues with the stationary food cart that is installed inside.
Apparently, cooking in a food cart inside a building is unprecedented, so no current codes apply to this situation, said Josh McCullough, a co-owner. McCullough insisted that the rotation is still part of the plan but they just have to get creative. He envisions chefs doing pop-ups out of the cart, plus having food trucks park outside.
You can also bring outside food in, which is another reason it’s a real shame that Underdogs just shut down around the corner.
Restaurateur Jason Evenchik, who owns Time, Vintage, Bar and Growlers, co-owns the place with McCullough, who is Evenchik’s director of operations. Terrance Leach and Sal D’Amato round out the ownership crew.
So what was the hold-up, anyway? McCullough didn’t want to get specific because there are still those final permits to be had, but he did say that part of the delay can be attributed to the fact that the building used to be two parcels of land, so that was one process dealing with the city. And another part was because the building owner explored, then abandoned, a plan to add two floors of apartments above the restaurant.
Hours: Open 7 days 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., but they may open earlier on weekends in the future to coincide with Phillies games or other big events. But that’s fluid.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page to learn the food-truck roster, the status of the interior food cart and their hours.