As reported by
Plan Philly, the two-story building at 4328 Main St. that used to be home to Sip N' Steaks might soon be home to a three-story restaurant & bar with a rooftop deck. Lenny Bazemore, who already owns 5 properties in Manayunk (including The Juice Merchant right next door), is building a steakhouse on the site to be named Philadelphia Prime. With a bar on the ground floor, a restaurant on the second floor, and a lounge on the third floor, Philadelphia Prime is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.
At a recent meeting of the Historical Commission's architectural committee, Plan Philly describes:
Bazemore's plans hit a speed bump. The property is located in the middle of a historic district, so the designs must be approved by the Commission before construction can begin. The renderings for the Philadelphia Prime building clearly show the large roof deck crowning the building. At 1,365 square feet, the roof deck is almost as large as the other three floors of the building, which each punch in at 1,483 square feet.
Kim Chantry, the Historic Preservation Planner, took issue with the rooftop deck in her presentation to the committee:
"Main Street in Manayunk has a wide variety of architecture and the proposed building is compatible in terms of massing scale and materials. However, the highly visible roof deck is not in keeping with the historic district and should be redesigned to be inconspicuous from the public right-of-way."
For now, the committee recommended denial of the application, and the project will next go before the full Historical Commission in September. Stay tuned for more updates on this project!
Rendering via PJA Architecture