Limoncello shop opening on the Avenue?

We didn’t even realize this was legal, but sure enough, a woman has applied for a limited distillery retail license to sell her specialty limoncello out of a Passyunk storefront.

Joan Verratti, whom Meal Ticket said in 2010 was the first licensed female distiller in the country since Prohibition, has been brewing 18 flavors of her Pollyodd Limoncello in Point Breeze and wants to open a shop at 1908 E. Passyunk. Four of the flavors, lemon, lime, orange and chocolate, were to have made their way into state stores this summer.

She goes before the EPX zoning committee tonight. Hours can’t exceed 11 p.m., but EPX says she wants to close earlier than that. The application says there will be no consumption on site besides a sample of 1.5 ounces per person. So you can’t get drunk there, just maybe have a night cap after dinner across the street at Le Virtu, if she’s wise enough to stay open during dinner hours.

In our eyes Verratti is picking the right kind of storefront. As you can see from the Google street view screen grab below, the building is in terrible shape. So anything she and partner Tom Cavaliere do will be an improvement. And all the spaces on that side of the 1900 block of Passyunk have weird, angular interiors, making rental difficult.

In other zoning news, the agenda is jam packed, including an update on what’s taking so long with the Cantina mural, revisions to the King of Jeans plans, and Fountain Porter’s request to stay open until 2 a.m., plus a lot of smaller items.

Needs a little TLC

UPDATE: Liquor license went up in the window. It’s really official, now.

5 thoughts on “Limoncello shop opening on the Avenue?

  • October 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    It’s allowed by a December 2011 amendment to state law. Same thing that will allow a “mystery” *cough cough Philly Distilling Company cough cough* distillery to open up a shop in the proposed development at the old Ajax Metal Works at Delaware & Frankford.

  • October 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    that’s not a picture of the front. That’s 1904 I believe. They’ll be right next to the cheese shop.

  • October 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Though we always welcome being corrected when we’re wrong, we got this one right. The pictured building now has a liquor license in the window. We’ll add it to the post in just a sec.

  • November 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    That’s 1908. I stopped by there today hoping that they were up and going. Does anyone know when they plan to open?

  • November 30, 2012 at 12:52 am

    We just reached out to Joan today, so we’re hoping to give an update next week. The goal was definitely before Christmas.

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