Avram Hornik, who has congenital a career on restaurants and clubs in Centermost Burghal and the Delaware beach over the aftermost 24 years, is planning a long-rumored, indoor-outdoor restaurant/wine bar alleged Lola’s Garden in a prime atom on the Main Line, abreast breadth he grew up.
Hornik’s Four Corners Administration has an acceding with Kimco Realty for the centermost courtyard of Suburban Square in Ardmore, demography the storefronts of the now-vacant Kate Spade and Jack Wills boutiques and a 2,000-square-foot alfresco area.
The architecture of the 260-seat project, with an advancing aperture abutting spring, is now beneath analysis by Lower Merion Township. The attending borrows from his burghal projects, including Harper’s Garden and Morgan’s Pier.
A columnist absolution said Hornik himself would absolute the activity — “an all-embracing garden ambience that will affection abundant greenery and flowers [complemented] by repurposed and recycled accustomed abstracts and begin objects, with adequate and association active allowance appearance basement and stylings. Even the central dining spaces will accept the attending and feel as if you are in the abundant outdoors.”
Lola’s Garden’s cuisine will be American with a abounding bar, including 15 abstract lines.
Lola’s Garden will be one of two full-service restaurants on the way to Suburban Square, now home of Not Your Average Joe’s as able-bodied as fast-casual concepts such as HipCityVeg, Oath Pizza, and a accessible Shake Shack. (Ruby’s Diner shut bottomward aftermost January and Besito, a Mexican restaurant, bankrupt aftermost spring.) A liquor appliance on the window of a long-shuttered restaurant abutting aperture to Lola’s Garden, already accepted as Parlor and St. James, bears the name DanDan, a Chinese restaurant with locations in Centermost Burghal and Wayne.
The Main Line is not alone a accession for Hornik, 47, who was built-in in California but aloft in Merion Station. The move helps brings his all-embracing career aisle abounding circle.
In the aboriginal 1990s, Hornik, again a adolescent Vassar College graduate, said he had approached Suburban Square’s antecedent administration with an abstraction for an alfresco coffee kiosk with basement — accordingly at the actual aforementioned atom as Lola’s Garden. He was rebuffed. In those days, he said, arcade centers were congenital alone about commerce. Now, they are apparent as community-gathering spots.
Hornik took the abstraction to Old City, breadth in 1996 he and a accomplice opened Quarry Street Caf, a aged coffeehouse. He followed with Customs House Cafe afore aperture a cord of bars, including Lucy’s Hat Shop, Butter/Proto Lounge, SoMa Lounge, Bar Noir, Drinker’s Tavern, Drinker’s Pub, Loie, and Noche, some of which pushed the backbone of neighbors. He active South Philadelphia’s Dolphin Tavern and Boot & Saddle and opened a William Street Common, an calm beer garden abreast the University of Pennsylvania and Union Transfer, a live-music venue.
Then he afford best of the confined and acclimatized primarily into venues aimed at a added complete clientele, including Morgan’s Pier, a warm-weather beer garden on the Delaware; Parks on Tap, a summertime beer garden with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy; Harper’s Garden and Rosy’s Taco Bar in Centermost City; Juno in Callowhill; and Craft Hall in Northern Liberties, which additionally houses Mainstay Independent Brewing Company and Lost Bread Co. Bakery. Concourse Dance Bar in Centermost City, which opened with a brawl pit in bounce 2018, is now bankrupt awaiting renovations.
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