Isaiah Zagar wants a business partner to help him do something with Watkins Street

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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There’s already at least one bathroom
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And a massive elevator

So, who wants to step up and help him? If you have an idea, email info@philadelphiasmagicgardens.org with the subject line: Passyunk Post told me Isaiah Zagar wants a business partner. And they’ll put you in touch with him.

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So what do you think? Is the idea of a restaurant or event space any good for this place?

4 thoughts on “Isaiah Zagar wants a business partner to help him do something with Watkins Street

  • May 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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    I could see it used as an event space with the right marketing and a little work. Weddings, parties, etc.
    That or a really kickass yoga studio!

  • May 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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    What’s the square footage?

    • May 24, 2013 at 9:49 am
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      I’m not certain of the square footage but emailed to find out. The place is huge, though. I would guess at least 10,000 square feet over the two floors

  • May 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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    A bar with good beer? oooops….

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