The Golden Coast beer distributor that was supposed to have opened already at 1218 Snyder Ave. is shooting to open next month.
Pat McHugh, the lawyer who handled the shop’s liquor license, said they have complete some renovations inside and added walk-in coolers. Owner Tong Shi, who previously worked in a Chinatown restaurant, and his wife Fen Wei plan a traditional beer distributor selling cases only, no six packs. And as part of an agreement with the East Passyunk Crossing civic association, no 40s.
“They’re hoping to have a good clientele with local residents as well as to sell to restaurants,” McHugh said.
The neighborhood agreement also stipulates, according to EPX zoning chair David Goldfard, that:
- All signs must be approved by EPX. No cigarette signs or temporary cardboard ads will be allowed, in deference to the proximity of South Philly High.
- Strong encouragement to stock craft beers (although no mandate)
- Trash must be stored internally and private commercial trash pick up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- A passenger loading zone in front of the distributor to minimize traffic and parking disruptions in the neighborhood.
- Deliveries to occur on Iseminger between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with no vehicle idling allowed.
McHugh said the shop will still sell cigarettes even though they can’t advertise them, as well as snacks, sodas and lottery.
To start, the distributor will not be open on Sundays, but they intend to add that day and have already applied for a Sunday license.
Meanwhile, wouldn’t you agree that the building owner (not the same owners as the distributor) did a pretty crappy job repairing the facade after it started crumbling in April?