Earlier this year, the guys and gals from Old City's Mac's Tavern set out to open a second location at 1904 Chestnut St.
After months of talks, the building has been sold out from under them - sending investors including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creators Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson as well as Mac's operator Eric Vesotsky in search of a new location.
Vesotsky told me that he had sensed opposition from the neighbors, probably based on the building's previous bars/lounges (Pearl, Akoya, Industry XIX).
No matter, of course, that Mac's Tavern has a clean-as-a-whistle record with the Liquor Control Board, which issues fines like candy in Old City.
HughE Dillon, reporting on the goings-on at PhillyChitChat.com, identifies the buyers of 1904 Chestnut St. as residential developers Pearl Properties - no relation to the nightclub.
Dillon says Pearl is locking up that building, a lot next door at 1906 and the properties at 1900 (now Qdoba) and at 1902 Chestnut to create one parcel for a new development.
Pearl Properties' Reed Slogoff declined to comment to me, and city real estate records do not reflect any of these transactions.
Vesotsky called the death of the deal "an amicable parting of ways."
He is determined to open a second location in Rittenhouse.