What A Man’s Image owner Abe Mandel said at the time was that a major restauranteur that he called “better than Starr,” would be taking over his storefront. Now the latest news for this massive corner property is that Barteca Restaurant Group will be bringing Barcelona, a wine and tapas bar, to East Passyunk Avenue.
When we first heard the news of a new restaurant opening here, it was rumored to be Stephen Starr, but instead, this restaurant and bar from Sasa Mahr-Batuz is expected to take over this location. A Man’s Image is then expected to relocate and downsize. With 4,400 sq. ft. of space, this new restaurant will become the largest on the avenue.
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Sources say that Barcelona, a Spanish wine/tapas bar rooted in Norwalk, Conn., has signed a lease at 1709 E. Passyunk Ave., now occupied by A Man’s Image. The clothier, which had announced plans to move and downsize, will remain open for the immediate future.
Barteca Restaurant Group – whose brands include Barcelona and bartaco – has 11 Barcelona locations on the East Coast, from Georgia to Boston, in all sorts of settings. Its Atlanta location, for example, is in the Inman Park neighborhood, a gentrified part of town.