Earlier this week, we showed off Isaiah Zagar’s magnificent Watkins Street space, a sparkling, frenetic piece of gargantuan artwork that he’s been working on just off 10th Street for seven years.
He’s nearly finished, but there’s just one problem. He doesn’t know what to do with it.
“I thought it could be an event space, or a restaurant, but I don’t know,” Zagar told us in an interview. “I don’t know how to fulfill the next step.”
He said he didn’t know what to do with the South Street Magic Gardens either, but so many people rallied around the project that its fate was decided for him. “It turned out to be a museum, with a board of directors and classes,” he said.
With Watkins, he’s looking to do something different. “I need a partnership, someone who has the foresight to envision what it can be,” he said. “What it is, is a man’s artwork on a grand scale, but unfortunately right now, there’s no solution to it. Not in my mind so far.”
The downstairs – though potentially a bit hazardous for people who’ve been drinking, with all the stuff jutting out from walls – could become a very cool, very large restaurant (if neighbors would grant a variance). And the upstairs, which is one wide-open space, could be an interesting place for a quirky wedding reception, for instance. The Neumann-Goretti Parking lot also happens to be next door, which could be an asset.
So, who wants to step up and help him? If you have an idea, email email@example.com with the subject line: Passyunk Post told me Isaiah Zagar wants a business partner. And they’ll put you in touch with him.
So what do you think? Is the idea of a restaurant or event space any good for this place?