Over a year ago, Abe Mandel, the owner of A Man’s Image, announced plans for the store to close in its massive storefront at 1709 E. Passyunk Ave. and move to a smaller location in the area. Since then, Barcelona Wine Bar has been chosen as the new tenant for that 4,400 sq. ft. building.
What A Man’s Image owner Abe Mandel said at the time was that a major restauranteur that he called “better than Starr,” would be taking over his storefront. Now the latest news for this massive corner property is that Barteca Restaurant Group will be bringing Barcelona, a wine and tapas bar, to East Passyunk Avenue.
A year ago A Man’s Image announced that they’d be looking to sell or lease their current location at 1709 E. Passyunk Ave. so owner Abe Mandel could downsize and pass on the business to one of his employees. Now the massive, 4,400 sq. ft. property has been leased to what seems to be a interesting prospect for this prime corner property.
At first we heard rumors that Stephen Starr would be taking over the space to open a spot here. But according to Mandel, it’ll “better than Starr.”