The Passyunk Square Civic approved a new location for El Zarape at its zoning meeting last week, clearing the way for the Mexican BYO to spruce up 1304 S. 9th St., which looks like an old garage but is actually a Metro PCS store.
Of course that means El Zarape will be moving out of its prime corner spot at 12th and Passyunk. The new space, which includes the cell phone shop’s storefront on 1305 E. Passyunk Ave., is at the heart of cheesesteak central, a couple doors down from Pat’s.
Tina Geary of the PSCA’s zoning committee said El Zarape plans to replace the security door on 9th “with some storefront glass, which should improve that facade.” Kind of like the Garage bar half a block away.
There will be room for about 30 seats and they plan to be open seven days a week until 11 p.m. most nights.
At the same meeting, incidentally, the planned coffee/dessert place at 12th and Ellsworth also was approved by the committee.