Friday, November 4, 2011

Boot & Saddle Reopening?

The visionary behind Drinkers and Molly's Hat Shop, Avram Hornik has his sights set on a vacant icon of South Broad's hey day of entertainment, The Boot & Saddle Bar, where he once bartended, and not everyone is thrilled about it.

Where would we be without Philadelphia's champions of stagnation and decay, NIMBYs? Well, we might be Chicago. While Hornik's hot spots enhance Old City, South Broad Street Neighborhood Association's President Peter Zutter thinks it might attract an undesirable element, somehow not suited for Philadelphia's busiest thoroughfare. And of course, they've filed a petition to halt Hornik's application for a liquor license.

Citing a familiarity with Hornik's other locations, Zutter doesn't want that in his neighborhood. According to Metro, Zutter wants to see a nice restaurant grace the location of the iconic boot. It's my way or the highway when it comes to neighborhood dictators, and developers usually end up hitting the pavement. One question: Where has Zutter been for the last fifteen years? Congratulations on maintaining yet another rusting eyesore.

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