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The Dolphin gets spanked for its vestibule addition

The Dolphin Tavern at 1539 S. Broad St. has been issued L&I violations for that entrance shed they added a couple months back.

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The shed was the subject of a torrent of complaints on this site and on Facebook after news of its existence emerged back in July. Apparently, those complaints made their way to the city, which moved in shortly after and issued at least five complaints against the bar.

The South Broad Street Neighbors Association’s president, Peter Zutter, told Plan Philly that he’d been told that the vestibule would be torn down by “the end of the summer.”

Apparently, that didn’t mean the unofficial end of the summer (aka Labor Day) since it was still there yesterday, according to the above photo snapped by a loyal reader.

Meanwhile, we haven’t actually been inside the Dolphin since they made that addition. Our guess was that it was a way of diminishing noise heard by neighbors. What’s your take?


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4 Responses to The Dolphin gets spanked for its vestibule addition

  1. Ben September 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    My guess is it was being used as an air-lock, an energy saving attempt.

  2. Rich D'Auria September 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    The foyer serves several legitimate purposes:

    1, It conserves energy by blocking the escape of heat or air conditioned air.

    2. It serves as a modesty shed, preventing passerby’s a view of the entertainment.

    3. It acts as a sound barrier, reducing the decibel level emitting from the tavern.

    4. It reduces the amount of snow and rain water being carried under foot into the tavern, providing
    a safety net against slip and falls.

  3. R Young September 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    In addition to serving as an airlock, I assume that it was also designed as a place to park a bouncer/cover fee collector.

    What I don’t understand is how they thought it was going to pass legal muster.

  4. anthonyG September 9, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    @Rich: I does not matter what purpose it serves, they can’t just build out on the sidewalk. If that ironic-skinny jean d-bag bar needs an “airlock” they can build one INSIDE. Same results, no problem.

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