Live music venue Connie’s Ric Rac is reopening Thursday night after some renovations, with more seating, draft beer and big plans for food starting in March.
Ron Bauman, a new partner in the Italian Market bar at 1132 s 9th St., said they are extending the bar six feet toward the stage. The soundboard is getting pulled out from behind the bar and they’re building a booth on the opposite wall.
They are adding seating in the storefront next door, which now is being used mostly for storage. Leaning elbow rails with bar stools will ring the main room. A four-tap kegerator will also be installed, bringing draft beer there got the first time.
“Once thats done, we’re going into overdrive with opening the kitchen,” Bauman said.
We noticed recently that a liquor license application asking for outside seating appeared outside 12 Steps Down at 9th and Christian. Before we knew it, those signs were popping up like dandelions in a meadow: Connie’s Ric Rac, Teri’s, Villa Di Roma, Anastasi Seafood…
Connie’s Ric Rac and the telling orange application
No, outside patios aren’t flourishing. Those orange placards were signs that the Italian Market Festival is coming.
This Saturday and Sunday, Philly’s preeminent Italian hotbed is opening its doors to the city. During the two-day event, 9th Street’s shops and restaurants will turn the iconic area into a giant block party, free to everyone looking for a little Mediterranean fun – or, apparently, plenty of booze.