A restaurant called Royal Sushi & Izakaya has been in the works for years in Queen Village. This spring, an announcement was made that Stephen Simons and David Frank of Cantina, Triangle Tavern and other bars and restaurant, would finally be opening this Japanese restaurant, a collaboration with Masaharu and Jesse Ito from Haddonfield restaurant, Fuji.
Plans proposed for 1212 S. 2nd St. call for a three-story trinity home to be built on a small, 14 ft. x 20 ft., lot in Pennsport. In order for that plan to become a reality, it “would force cutting almost half the branches [of an 80-year-old-tree].”
Nearby residents have started a petition to block this development for the sake of saving the tree. According to those who started this campaign to keep this tree thriving, an arborist has assessed that if that many of the large branches will be removed, the shock could kill the tree, or it could otherwise become unbalanced and fall.