That was quick. South Philly Barbacoa will NOT be in Zagar warehouse

The proposed lamb barbecue joint by chef Benjamin Miller and his wife Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, will not be located in Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic warehouse on Watkins Street after all.

Probably not going to be a restaurant at all.
Probably not going to be a restaurant at all.

Miller gave an information-only presentation to the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s zoning committee last month to gauge community feedback and met “considerable resistance from the neighborhood about a restaurant opening there,” he told us yesterday.

“I hope that something really cool can happen there so it can show off that awesome space but I don’t think it will be restaurant,” Miller said. “It’s a residential neighborhood, on a little side street, and there’s no parking. But it was a great idea for our project.”

Miller said he is still looking for a space in South Philly but now he’s going to “wait until we have the right place.”

David Goldfarb, EPX zoning chair, said that he’s trying to help Miller find another location in the neighborhood. “It was not a good fit in many ways, honestly on all sides,” he said. “I’ve been putting him in contact with different people in hopes of keeping the concept in South Philly.”

So, all is not lost. Also every Sunday, they’ll be continuing to serve the barbacoa at a food cart outside Rosa’s Bakery at 8th and Watkins. They start selling at 7 a.m. “The first day, we sold out at 11 a.m.,” Miller said. “The next week I doubled it and we were out by 11:45.”

Then later this month, they’ll be doing a pop-up event at the food cart inside Garage, on Feb. 28.

4 thoughts on “That was quick. South Philly Barbacoa will NOT be in Zagar warehouse

  • February 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Typical oscar the grouch mentality in sp. I hope the native trash dies off soon, or gets priced out by avi.

  • February 15, 2014 at 11:08 am

    There are several good locations along McKean st @ 9th, 10th and 11th.

  • February 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    How about Snyder Ave? It would be great to see some new businesses (that arent corner stores) start to come in.

    • February 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Well, they tried to have that taiwanese juice shop around 10th and Snyder when I lived down there. It was shut down after like four months. Zoning bullshit.

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