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Pop-up restaurant called Le Bok Fin opening on Bok School’s rooftop

Back when Bok was still a technical high school, a student-run restaurant called Le Bok Fin, a little play on the name of the now-defunct restaurant, Le Bec Fin, was operated at the school.

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

When Lindsey Scannapieco began her plans to transform the school, located at 1901 S. 9th St., into a makers space with community use, one of her dreams was to operate a restaurant there under the same name. That dream is now becoming a reality, with Le Bok Fin coming to life.

This new pop-up restaurant, which will be operated on the rooftop of the school, will be opening to the public on Friday, August 7. The restaurant will require a membership that will be free to anyone over the age of 21, meaning the spot will have a bar. The decision to make the restaurant exclusively for 21 and over is also because the location is still a construction site, making it not as safe for children.

As far as food and drink goes, the restaurant will be serving affordable, easy-to-eat French-style cuisine. According to Scannapieco, they’re still figuring out prices and finishing up details on the menu. The drink menu will include 9 different beers, along with wine options.

Since this restaurant will be operated on the rooftop, with beautiful views of the city, that means Le Bok Fin will only be open in good weather. So if you’re planning on visiting the space, check the weather and Scout Ltd.’s Twitter in case of a cancellation. This restaurant will only be open for 5 or 6 weeks, until early September, so make sure you stop in to check out the food, the views and the school while you can.


The original sign for Le Bok Fin. Photo from @hungrymonsters on Instagram.

The rooftop is being decorated with tables and things that are repurposed from what has been found inside of the school. No reservations will be required for the restaurant, unless the walk-ins begin to exceed the space’s capacity.

Le Bok Fin is opening now because Scannapieco, “didn’t want it to sit vacant for another two years for the grand opening.” Because this is such a huge project that the community is curious about, she wants to invite everyone in to see the space as soon as possible. 

Earlier this month, the sale of the school was finalized. Now work is continuing to bring the plans for the school to life, which also includes community improvements outside of the school.

Hours of operation for Le Bok Fin are Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can check out Le Bok Fin’s website here.

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6 Responses to Pop-up restaurant called Le Bok Fin opening on Bok School’s rooftop

  1. Steve July 30, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Wow, what a cool surprise! Looking forward to checking it out and getting a sneak peak of the building. It should be a great addition to the neighborhood. As a property owner down the street from Bok, I’m very excited to see what impact the final project will have on the neighborhood.

    • ProvWitout July 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      Yes! The restaurant idea does sound awesome! Views should be excellent. The views at the top of Mt. Sinai Hospital at 5th and Reed were awesome. This is in a more central location of SP. Should be wonderful.

      • Lou_1000X July 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

        Where you gonna park your Hummer?

    • Paul August 27, 2015 at 11:50 am #

      South Philly’s own World Trade Center restaurant/bar — a new high? Destination point @ 9th & Mifflin — must see – since 1930′s?

      I love the pictures on the website of trash-bound items & chipped paint– esp the head of a doll —

      Anyway — It is all good!

  2. Janet Leake August 13, 2015 at 12:28 am #

    As a former student I am excited to visit Le Bok Fin. We are planning our 50th Reunion in November. We were very sad at the closing of our Beloved Bok, very happy to hear of it being repurposed. I am going to make sure we visit the restaurant as a group before it closes for the season.

  3. Nik August 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Went last night. Great atmosphere, cheap drinks, solid food choices, and the view is amazing. Lindsey deserves a lot of credit – this project could be a major boon for the neighborhood.

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