For those of you who are not familiar with Bell’s Delly at 1527 S. 4th St. (at Cross Street), please don’t adjust your screen, it is indeed spelled “Delly.”
More importantly, there appears to be something in the works for the long-vacant space that’s a stone’s throw from Grindcore House and Dickinson Square Park.
Building permits recently hung on the metal security gate state that “interior demo of non-structural interior partition walls, removal of drywall, lathe.” Neighborhood rumors have been picking up recently, including one of a farm-to-table restaurant that we can’t seem to nail down but may have some legs.
Accompanying the permit is a fluorescent yellow L+I sticker that shouts “WORK IN PROGRESS” at the site and the lists the owners of the property as Ann and Larry Gangemi. The sticker also notes that Andrew Michaels is the contractor on the project and that the work is anticipated to be completed on “3/1/15.”
The exact reason for the work is still unknown. What is rather interesting is that after a quick Google search, Bell’s Delly is listed as having a Facebook page, which doesn’t seem to work. However, the description on the Google link reads “New American Restaurant” and “Our neighborhood bistro, specializing in scratch made, locally sourced and sustainably grown food.”
Just sayin’, there aren’t a whole lot of places out there named Bell’s Delly, especially those with rumors swirling about a possible restaurant.
— mr.tug (@mistertug) June 25, 2013
(h/t to @bgussoni for the heads up on the signage. Give that man a follow on the Twitter)
- James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.