It looks like something is finally coming to the long-vacant, aluminum-clad corner of Broad and Dickinson St.
Owner Nancy Trachtenberg tells us that Benna’s West, the third location in the Benna’s family that includes Benna’s and B2, will be opening at 1444 S. Broad St. sometime in early spring 2015. Much like their previous locales, the new shop promises to be good.
The scene will piggyback off of the success and formula of Benna’s at 8th and Wharton St. and B2 at the corner of E. Passyunk Ave. and Dickinson St. — great coffee and food options of all kinds. Along with fresh juices and smoothies, Trachenberg said that the sandwich menu will be the same as the other shops but they’ll be expanding the menu to include salads and hot foods. Fans of the soft serve found at B2 will be glad to know that it will also be available at Benna’s West — both regular and vegan.
Trachtenberg mentioned that the corner is the “perfect space for a coffee shop.” That’s especially due to the attention grabbing aluminum marquee that wraps the shop at the corner of Broad and Dickinson St. The inside of the shop is apparently in great shape as well, boasting 15 foot-high restored tin ceilings. She said that they’re still in the preliminary stages and that the deal for the space came together quickly. “Within a week, we had the lease,” said Trachtenberg.
Noting that coffee shops are made for corners, Trachtenberg realizes that they’re more than a place to grab your morning dose of caffeine, they’re community spaces. “I enjoy being a community hub,” she said while noting that Benna’s is celebrating 10 years on Wharton St. and B2 is already 6 1/2 years old. ”We’re really excited to serve the west of Broad community.”
Benna’s West will also be hiring a new crew. So be on the look out for job postings sometime after the New Year in January.