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Thai takeout restaurant planned for 13th and Snyder

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The renovated corner storefront at 13th and Snyder will become a Thai restaurant if all goes well through the zoning process.

Home of future Thai delights?

Home of future Thai delights?

An orange zoning sticker appeared last week in the window of the building,  1244 Snyder Ave., which had been rumored to become a coffee shop.

The building owner said the new tenant plans a Thai restaurant, and a quick search of the name on the zoning application, Hongkham Soum, turned up a health inspection for an Ardmore Thai place called Siamese Princess (the restaurant passed the inspection and has gotten good reviews on Yelp).

Soum apparently was the manager on duty when the inspection occurred. We’re trying to locate him to determine whether this will be a second location for the Ardmore restaurant or if he’s striking out on his own.

The zoning notice says the application is for a takeout restaurant, but it sure seems like there would be enough space in there for a small dining room. Meanwhile, the zoning hearing is March 19.

UPDATE: Todd Schwartz, zoning chair of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, said the owner hasn’t contacted them or the neighboring East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association about their plans. “We’ll be asking the ZBA for a continuance on the 19th and will conduct a community meeting on March 31,” he said. UPDATE: The meeting has been rescheduled to March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fumo Library, 2437 S Broad St.

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12 Responses to Thai takeout restaurant planned for 13th and Snyder

  1. Kim February 27, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    When, oh when, will someone open an independent coffee shop in LoMo????? Albert, hook a neighborhood up!

    • Jillian February 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

      Kim- We allllllllll want a coffee shop!!!! Why do the coffee gods continue to deny us?!?!?!?

    • ProvWitout March 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      I would really like something exciting and vibrant like a nice coffee shop.. Something that might open up with big bifold windows on a nice day.. Welcoming the public inside… It would have been perfect for the 1st floor space of the old Superior Plumbing building down the street.. But it could work on 13th & Snyder as well… Come on building owners! A little imagination please!!!

  2. David G February 27, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Being a takeout restaurant is a separate zoning category. It doesn’t necessarily preclude having a dining room. To qualify as takeout, it must meet one or more of the following categories:

    (.a) a drive-through or walk-up window;
    (.b) a service counter where all customers pay for their ordered items before consumption and all food and beverages are served on disposable ware for consumption, except that cafeterias primarily engaged in serving food and beverages for on-premise consumption are considered sit-down restaurants if take-out service is clearly incidental to the principal use;
    (.c) no interior customer seating; or
    (.d) no public restrooms.

    And to be clear, this isn’t a variance, but a “special exception,” which means that they don’t need to be prove hardship, only that it won’t unduly harm the neighborhood.

  3. DaveFame February 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    I’m all for competition, but you have Circles 5 blocks away. This would have to be some pretty amazing Thai to make me switch.

  4. Abby February 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Circles is way overrated and overpriced. It used to be good but the last order of pad thai I got smelled so strongly like cat food that my cat ran right up to me and wouldn’t leave it alone. Easy on the fish sauce, guys, it’s about balance.

    I’m stoked about this! Agree we need a good independent coffee shop on Snyder, or maybe Jackson or Wolf? There’s plenty of empty corner stores in the area.

    • Adam February 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      A coffeeshop would be a nice addition in that area, especially closer to Jackson or Wolf. It’d probably get patrons from the hospital, as well. Closest two are Ultimo and Starbucks.

  5. Tina dejesse February 28, 2014 at 6:36 am #


  6. ProvWitout March 14, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    This is gonna suck… I see cheap signage.. More delivery guys saving more than 1 cars worth of space for their 1 delivery car… Wild color schemes.. Funky smelling Thai food… What a let down…

  7. AnthonyG March 14, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Hmm.. Circles is too close (it’s about 8 blocks, not 5, but whatever), yet the coffee shops are all too far away. Ultimo, Chhya, and Black & Brew are all closer than Circles.

    @ProvWitout, so you don’t like Thai food, who cares? Take your bag-o-donuts and walk.

    • ProvWitout March 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

      I feel like when you’re dealing with a street like Snyder Avenue, you need to think in terms of whats on the Avenue… So when we say there are similar business near by, if its more than a block off Snyder, its irrelevant. My disagreement with a take out place revolves around their tendency to be an eyesore.. And Snyder Avenue also has plenty of beer distributors down the east end at Front and at 7th… We need to take a serious look at those places, especially the distributor at 7th, before we say positive things about a beer distributor between 12th & 13th..

      No bueno…

  8. AnthonyG March 17, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    There is no beer distributor at 7th & Snyder. That is a six-pack shop, and yes it is a crap hole. A beer distributor is a totally different business, go check out Bella Vista Beverage on 11th St.

    Know what you’re talking about before you bash it…..

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