That neon glow at 10th and Tasker Streets in South Philly is a taste of the neighborhood's next bar, due to open just after Labor Day.
It's Fountain Porter at 1601 S. 10th St., which was a search-engine-non-optimized bar called 1601 before it closed in spring 2011.
Fountain Porter operating partner Evan Clancy (a former GM at South Philly Tap Room) describes his joint as an old-school, owner-run corner bar with 20 drafts, affordable wine, and a menu to be determined. "Nothing pretentious." He's partnered with Scott Pawlicky. Both work at the Kite & Key in Franklintown. (Though K&K's Jim Kirk has an ownership interest in Fountain Porter, Clancy emphasizes this is a separate operation - vibe, concept, purchasing, etc. "It's a different ballgame down here.")
Clancy and Pawlicky contracted with neon god Len Davidson on the nifty window signs, which Clancy is firing up for a couple hours each day.