BYOB restaurant being proposed for Zagar’s huge Watkins Street warehouse

The former warehouse at 1002 Watkins St. that has been bedazzled inside and out by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar could be the site of a new BYOB restaurant.

Watkins magic garden

The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s zoning committee will hear an informational presentation at its next meeting on Jan. 22. We don’t yet have any details on the proposal, though we have heard rumors that the presenter wants to open a Mexican place.

The civic’s website says only: “Community feedback meeting for a proposed BYOB restaurant at the Watkins Warehouse Zagar art space.”

You may recall that we showed you the  inside of the cavernous space back in May. Shortly after that, we learned that Zagar was on the hunt for a business partner to figure out what to do with the space.

That could be one huge BYOB, but will neighbors on the tiny block go for it?
That could be one huge BYOB, but will neighbors on the tiny block go for it?

Earlier today, Zagar told us he doesn’t know what the operator plans, but that this partnership may be “a piece of the puzzle.”

“I’ve been in a quandary about what to do with that project. I’ve been working on it for seven years,” he said. “I’m kind of a strange reclusive artist who doesn’t know what the fuck to do with his art.”

His South Street Magic Garden is a labyrinthine outdoor museum that has drawn visitors from around the world and characteristic glass and tile mosaics grace walls throughout South Philly.

We’ve reached out to the operator and will update you soon.