Yards Looking For Bigger Yard


Yards Brewing Co. founder Tom Kehoe | Photo: R. Kennedy, for Visit Philadelphia

Yards Brewing Co. founder Tom Kehoe | Photo: R. Kennedy, for Visit Philadelphia

  • It has taken Yards Brewery Company—Philadelphia’ largest—less than a decade to outgrow its 40,000-square-foot plant on Delaware Avenue; partners Tom Kehoe and Trevor Princhett tell The Inquirer’s Joseph N. DiStefano that they would like to have a shovel in the ground for an 80,000-100,000-square-foot facility within the next six months to a year, to be ready for 2018. Kehoe and Princhett, firmly settled in preserving Yard’s brand as the preeminent Philly craft operation, have been working with PIDC scouring the city for suitable sites, preferably near Center City, yet in a neighborhood with the hipster ethos imperative for many of its decidedly bike-reliant labor force. (“Look for the hipsters,” Kehoe reflects.) “To make it in Philly, says Prichett, it’s not enough to offer seasonal flavors and creative ads. ‘You have to be part of the community.’”
  • Continuing her appreciative stroll up North Broad Street, Inga Saffron considers Ritter & Shay’s (1927) Broad Street Trust Co building just above Stiles Street, in which we find “the architects making the transition from the restraint of beaux-arts classicism to the anything-goes, Jazz Age exuberance that became a hallmark of their art deco skyscrapers” in Center City: the Drake (1929), One East Penn Square (1930), and the US Custom House (1934).
  • Naked Philly highlights an intersection to watch: 5th & Master, informative thanks to its near-equidistance to the hotbeds of Templification and Fishtown gentrification. With Michael Samschick’s Core Realty inching ever closer to realizing the residential conversion of the former umbrella factory on the northeast corner, we are told that another set of developers went in front of the ZBA last week, pitching a vision for a mixed-use new construction of 31 apartments and one retail opportunity, packed onto the 6,700-square-foot lot sitting catty-corner to the Core’s Umbrella Factory.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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