If you’ve walked past 23rd & Union recently, you may have noticed a lot of activity inside the old Philly’s building on the corner. Nora did and asked an excellent question in the comments last week: “What’s happening at the Philly spot?”
We spoke to Ian Eisenberg, the new owner of the building, who said that the building was in really bad shape. A leaking roof, a rodent problem, and “plumbing havoc” would make it very difficult for a small business to get started there. The work going on now will put everything into clean, working order, hopefully making it easier to find someone to occupy the long-vacant structure.
Ian told us that he’s primarily looking for “neighborhoody” restaurant tenants, including healthy fast food operators.
Over the longer-term the property is eyed for a larger mixed-use development. But that won’t come until the economy turns around, and after Jim Mueller’s delayed development across the street gets the green light and starts a long-anticipated renaissance at the intersection.