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New bar from The Boyler Room opening at 1134 Dickinson St.?

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It appears that the owners of the Boyler Room, the two-story bar at 328 South St., are making a move in Passyunk Square.


A liquor license has popped up in the window at 1134 Dickinson St., indicating that The Boyler Room is set to open a new bar in this corner property.

The bright orange placard states that it’s a double transfer — a new owner and a new location. The applicant, 328 South Street Enterprises Inc., is a reference to the address of the current bar.


We reached out to the folks at The Boyler Room for clarification — will they move that bar here? Are they planing another concept? Some third option we can’t think of? — but they didn’t get back to us immediately.

Currently, The Boyler Room on South Street offers a selection of 20 beers on tap. The food menu includes pretty typical bar fare. You can check out more about The Boyler Room on their website.

Although it’s hard to see inside of the building, it looks like a lot of work will need to be done before anything can open here. So it will be a while for sure.

In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes peeled and be sure to update you as soon as we know more.

Meanwhile, the former Miss Lilia’s general store that’s basically next door at 1501 S. 12th St. is still vacant.

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20 Responses to New bar from The Boyler Room opening at 1134 Dickinson St.?

  1. Lou_100x November 12, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    Wish them luck, but they’re really going to have be on their game. Too much top-notch competition in that area.

  2. Hunter November 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    This used to be a one-man tax office, unless the building is deceptively large this could be the smallest bar ever…

    Meanwhile, the former Miss Lilia’s is across the street from this spot gathering dust. Looking forward to see what shakes out

  3. DG November 12, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    This is a quiet corner with a lot of kids. A bar at this spot is not good for the neighborhood

    • Lou_100x November 13, 2015 at 8:24 am #

      “Won’t someone please think of the children!!!!”

      Well, that didn’t take long, 3rd post.

    • Oh come on November 13, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      This corner really doesn’t have a lot of kids. It’s all twenty-somethings and senior citizens.

  4. d14o November 13, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Used to be a caterer (Mary’s Catering) in that space 15-20 years ago.

  5. Callahan November 13, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    Depressing development. Around 10 kids live on this side street.

  6. Lee November 13, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Small bars don’t have to be bad the neighborhood.

    • Lou_100x November 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      Exactly. Both Fountain Porter and Watkins Drinkery are beneficial to their respective corners.

    • ProvWitout November 16, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Like the bar at the corner of the street in A Bronx Tale… LoL

      Just playing. I wish them luck.

  7. Neighbor November 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    I live practically next door to both Lelia’s and this spot. There are plenty of children (mine included) on that block of Cross Street; another well executed gastro-pub is not going to do any harm. Currently, the properties are dumps and have been for years; neglected by owners who only make repairs when they want to charge higher rents. Trees are needed on that end of Cross Street. Clean up and basic maintenance on both properties are uniformly neglected by the respective Owners.

    Anything is an improvement to two vacant spots on the corner, maybe the apartments will be renovated and better cared for as well? Here’s to hoping the owners sell both properties to someone who will care for them and improve the look of the Dickinson end of Cross Street and continue the revitalization of the neighborhood.

    • Callahan November 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

      Key phrase: “well executed gastro-pub”. We can cross our fingers, but I don’t know much about this joint and the 3rd & South vibe they’ll be bringing.

      Also, a pic via yelp of the owner:


      • rk November 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

        have you ever seen a photo of Fergie (who owns some pretty damn respected bars)? WTF?

        3rd and south is a little worrisome as that’s definitely a different vibe, but then again, when I lived in Fairmount, I despised bishop’s collar and loved St. Stephen’s Green and they were owned by the same owners. so who knows?

  8. Lou_100x November 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    Pull your knickers out…. for Christ sake. WTF is up with posting that picture?? Are some sort of prejudiced freak? OMG, he didn’t shave this morning!!

    It’s a perfectly fine location for taproom. Of course it’s not going to be some South Street type place, look at the location! Or just leave it vacant, it will become even more run down, the apartments upstairs will rent for less and less, then you can enjoy the junkies who move in and hang around all day, breaking into your house.

    • yep November 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

      South St. vibe.
      Enjoy the smokers on your stoop, cigarette butts on your sidewalk, and dumpster dwelling rats & roaches.

      • ProvWitout November 16, 2015 at 11:58 am #

        I got a beer distributor forced down my throat…. They can have a hipster bar forced down theirs… LoL

  9. Bill Boyle November 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    I am the owner of the Boyler Room, we are not moving to Dickenson st. We are staying on South st. We are not opening a second location. There is ongoing litigation that I can’t discuss at this time. I am not sure where that pic of me came from but I have a much better one on Facebook that I wish they would have used.

  10. Callahan November 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    My only hope is that this isn’t some seedy development undertaken by the overlords that used to hang out at the pre-Lillia’s coffee shop. All the cabbies, mysterious Algerian mafioso. Add in the peculiar tax and ‘travel documents’ storefront at this location and Mr. Boyle’s “Dickenson” litigation…you have yourself a sketchy stew.

    How about a nice bagel shop?!

    • Lou_100X November 18, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      You have a bagel shop half a block away, it’s called B2 and nobody is going to try to compete with them. Stupid idea.
      Mysterious Algerian mafioso?! Settle down Ted Cruz, ISIS is not coming to South Philly.

      • Callahan November 18, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

        Ah, so that’s what the “B” stands for!
        Hope you get to experience a real bagel shop before the Algerians arrive, Bobby Jindal.

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