Big news for Marc Vetri:
The restaurateur and partners - with two joints in the pipeline - have a third on the way.
Vetri has just signed a deal with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. to develop a restaurant at the entrance of the Navy Yard. Basically, if you're driving south on Broad Street through the front gate, it's that building on the left known on base as Building 500.
Name will be The Brig.
It's an old guard house. Navy Yard officials say that like several other buildings at the Yard, it had a brig, or holding cells. Plans clearly show it and even show an elevation of the gates. To many Navy people, "the brig" was located on 26th Street, where Tasty is now.
Vetri - who tweeted the news - told me in an interview that the vibe will be relaxed and that the menu will be "lunch-y" and will include rotisseries, sandwiches, pastas and the like. Large bar. It will be a dining option for the growing corporate population at the Navy Yard as well as for sports fans. The stadium complex isn't too far away.
The city has been marketing the space for a while.
Vetri is also moving his offices to the Navy Yard, which happens to be an enterprise zone with certain tax advantages. Jose Garces began enjoying similar benefits when he moved his corporate offices to the Cira Centre, also a zone.
This one is on tap for late spring 2014.
But first, Vetri has Pizzeria Vetri teed up for late July or early August on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street, and an outpost of Osteria due late this year in Moorestown Mall.
"That's it for a while," he told me. "It used to be whenever I was opening a new restaurant, my wife had another baby. I stopped that after three."