Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Walnut Street restaurant on the market

A sales brochure has been prepared for Tira Misu at 1519 Walnut.

Walnut Street restaurant on the market

A sales brochure from Precision Realty Group making the rounds is seeking a tenant for 1519 Walnut St., at one time in the heart of Center City's restaurant row when such giants as Le Bec-Fin, Circa, Susanna Foo and Striped Bass were destinations.

For the last several months, it has been trading as Tira Misu, a Roman Jewish restaurant. Chef Alberto Del Bello opened it in 1995 as Il Portico, a swish Italian. At the time, he ran Tira Misu on Fifth Street near South.

Del Bello brushed off my suggestion that Tira Misu's days may be numbered, saying, "I'm going full speed ahead here."

The brochure touts:


  • Rare Opportunity on Philadelphia's Premier Retail Corridor
  • 2,640-6,883 SF Now Available
  • 30 feet of Walnut Street frontage
  • Two Blocks from Rittenhouse Square
  • Liquor License Available
  • Neighboring tenants include Apple, Burberry, Juicy Couture, Barbour, Brooks Brothers, The North Face, PNC, Ubiq, Lululemon Athletica, Govberg Jewelers, Diesel, BCBG, Steve Madden, Intermix, Gap, and Guess
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