Pagano's in Commerce Square adding a bar

Matt Pagano's dream is about to unfold:

A 19-seat bar inside his Pagano's Market in Two Commerce Square (on Market Street between 20th and 21st Streets), as well as portable bars that will operate in Commerce Square's courtyard weather permitting. DAS Architects, which designed Pagano's four years ago, is sketching it out.

The courtyard is undergoing a $10 million renovation that will make it more of a true public space. Pagano says a 20- by 17-foot TV will be set up. "You'll be able to watch a game and have a beer," he said.

Construction is to start by the end of April, with completion due in early June. Chef Paul Pagliaro is designing a bar menu.

Commerce Square once throbbed with an afterwork scene when Cutter's restaurant operated in the opposite corner of the courtyard.

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