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Boot & Saddle plans to open in September. About time, right?!

The long-delayed Boot & Saddle, at 1131 S. Broad St., is finally scheduled to open in early September. It only took a couple years!

boot and saddle

R5 Productions, the music-booker who’s partnering on the project with The Dolphin‘s Avram Hornik, announced on its Facebook page that three shows have been booked for the space, starting Sept. 14.

Shhh, we secretly announced the first three shows for our exciting new venue The Boot & Saddle which opens up on the fall : Grails on Sep 14th * Lightning Dust on Sep 16th * Laura Veirs on Sep 20th ! Lots more info on that soon…

Shh? How coy. Tickets for the shows – a reasonable $10 - go on sale on Friday.

Since Hornik’s folks at Four Corners Management are so stingy with details, we don’t know a lot more than that, other than that the awesome neon sign is supposed to get refurbished. We doubt there will be much in the way of a Country and Western anything in there, despite what the sign says. Maybe a few too-tight plaid cowboy shirts.

Pic from City Paper

Pic of interior in April 2012 from City Paper, which has a great run-down of the history of the bar here

We also expect the Hornik team to keep at least some of the dank, much like they did at the Dolphin about five blocks south.

Now, for a little background. The liquor license appeared in a window in October 2011, and soon after, some nervous neighbors got worried that it would turn into a rowdy honky-tonk. They mounted an offensive against the bar but supporters rallied by circulating a petition. Concerned neighbors eventually were assuaged with a promise of increased sound-proofing and a 12:30 a.m. curfew for concerts.

Thanks for the pic, Plan Philly

Thanks for the pic, Plan Philly

Meanwhile, we dug up this interesting tidbit from a City Paper story from April 2012:

The revamped bar will be open seven days a week from 5 p.m. through 2 a.m., as well as for brunch on weekends. The Boot & Saddle’s original neon sign will be restored to its former glowing glory.

Brunch? Maybe that means this place will be less like the Dolphin and more like Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown, which has a full menu and bar downstairs and music upstairs.

Of course, we won’t know for sure for months.

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