Earlier this month saw the opening of the Philly branch of 3rd Ward, the Brooklyn "makerspace" that allows everyday people to take classes in metalworking, woodworking, jewelry-making, textiles and the like.
The project has another Brooklyn connection. Josh Grinker and Tracy Young of Park Slope's Stone Park Cafe are on board to open a restaurant on the ground-floor of 3rd Ward's building, in a onetime church and later a box factory at 1227 N. Fourth St., just north of Girard.
Grinker tells me that they have no name, firm concept, or timeline - other than it will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will have a liquor license.
"We're still in the early stages," he said. "We're excited to be a part of this project."