Update (3/30/17): Project is dead
The former Melting Pot restaurant space in the parking garage across from Reading Terminal Market, the Downtown Marriott, and the Convention Center has a new tenant on the way:
It's Brother Jimmy's BBQ, the Upper East Side-rooted, Carolina-spirited eatery that has been opening locations along the Eastern Seaboard.
The location, at 1219 Filbert St., is between Chili's and Maggiano's.
This will be the fourth Brother Jimmy's - after Stanford, Conn., White Plains, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. - for a restaurant group that includes Brian Harrington (the City Tap Houses in Logan Square and University City, Pennsylvania 6, and Field House).
Opening is expected in early 2017.
Jacob Cooper and Janey Steinmetz of MSC Retail represented the landlord, an affiliate of Parkway Corp.
Though the deal is quite new, it's been in the works for a while. "Brother Jimmy's had been seeking a site in Philadelphia for several years and zeroed in on the Melting Pot space as soon as it closed last fall," Cooper said.
The Melting Pot, which closed in September, relocated to Maple Shade, N.J., in November.