Saturday, August 29, 2015

David Brenner-backed pool hall coming here?

Just cue-ing you in: Amsterdam Billiards is considering a lease in Center City.

David Brenner-backed pool hall coming here?

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Chestnut Street has gradually been seeing a rise in nightlife, as evidenced by Capital Grille, the Lucky Strike bowling alley, and Fogo de Chao.

Now there's a plan to bring New York's celeb-heavy Amsterdam Billiards to the empty Horace Trumbauer-designed building at 1200 Chestnut St., once a Beneficial bank.

Of the flagship location on Union Square, New York mag says the exterior "fairly glows with burger-hop-style signage and the interior has enough pressed tin, plush carpet, and oak paneling to inspire you to break out the ole suspenders and light up a cigar. Whether the space attracts Seinfeld, Philbin, and a Baldwin or two like its progenitor remains to be seen, but the Amsterdam transplants and Asian NYU student seem to have settled in quite comfortably at the gussied-up digs. What’s not to like? Twenty-six amply spaced tables and an equal number of plasma-screen TVs; a railed-off VIP section of tables in the center of the room; a curvy zinc bar (that shares a designer with Balthazar) where you can order anything from a Long Island iced tea to a bottle of Veuve Clicquot."

David Brenner, the Philly-born comedian, is a founder of the New York venture.

Real estate sources say a lease has not been executed. David Schultz of DAS Architects, retained to work on the project, told me: "We're looking at the building for possible renovation. It's a glorious space."

Among DAS's other projects is Play2, the new high-tech sports bar attached to the Chickie's & Pete's in South Philly.

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