PARC’s City Paper award tips us off to even better news

Lookin’ dapper, Sam

East Passyunk grabbed some additional award attention from the Philly food scene for PARC – no, not that one – upon which City Paper bestowed its 2012 “Big Vision Award” for the food and drink category.

In her write up of the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, CP’s Carly Szkaradnik praised the group’s “assertive, holistic approach to furthering the local dining cause,” and bringing success to such first-time restaurateurs as Chris Kearse, whose Will BYOB is turning heads all over town. They didn’t even mention the facade program Sherman got going that we told you about this fall.

Congratulations, Sam. You really have made an incredible difference around here.

Now, while that’s all well and good, what’s really piqued our interest here at the PP is the article’s last paragraph, which drops a tantalizing morsel of future hope:

Eventually, PARC wants to capitalize on dining-driven crowds with more retail options staying open later. “We’re working to get something like Fante’s down here now,” Sherman explains, “because some people are going to King of Prussia for that stuff.” And Sherman says next year will see another big round of acquisitions, bringing at least a few more restaurants to bolster the neighborhood’s dining-destination rep well into the future.”

What do you think? Can PARC bring more of a late-night, retail-destination vibe to our humble corner of the city? Is that atmosphere welcome down here? Do we have enough restaurants down here already, if that is such a thing? Sound off in the comments.

2 thoughts on “PARC’s City Paper award tips us off to even better news

  • December 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    It would be great to have a Greek taverna on the Avenue or a Maoz location. A cafe that is open later in the evening would be good too. Retail is difficult these days, but the Avenue could be marketed as a location for local artists and craftsmen…..perhaps one or two storefronts could be collectives. Nice Things is a great place to buy unique items.

  • December 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Agree with Phillydave regarding the local stuff. That’s what makes a place a destination. I’m sure PARC has done their research, but it would be good to hear what else they have planned besides restaurants. There are still so many underutilized storefronts that there’s plenty of room for more retail. Maybe Fante’s would be a good option for the ground floor of the revitalized King of Jeans?

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