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Not only will FCM Hospitality’s Liberty Point be the largest restaurant in Philadelphia’s modern history, but it will also create a casual, family-friendly atmosphere where guests can get up close and personal with the Delaware River Waterfront and pay homage to the city’s past. The enormous 28,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor restaurant, entertainment and event space will seat up to 1,400 when it opens at 211 S. Columbus Blvd. in Penn’s Landing this April.
“We are excited to bring this new dining concept to the Waterfront to join the already vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia,” FCM Hospitality Owner Avram Hornik said in a press release. “There’s always something happening at Penn’s Landing. It is the top Summer destination in Philadelphia that hosts concerts, fairs, food, and drink, and we are happy to be a part of it.”
The venue’s name is inspired by Philadelphia’s history of being influential in staking America’s claim as a free and independent nation, which is at the heart of America’s identity. When sailors came to port, they would spend leisure time exploring the city away from the ships, an event referred to as “liberty.” The hospitality company aims to make Liberty Point a place where guests can enjoy their freedom to socialize and be with family and friends.
Liberty Point will operate on three levels, the first of which will be dog-friendly, as well as other sub-levels with seating throughout. The various levels offer unique vantage points of unobstructed, panoramic views of the waterfront. The majority of Liberty Point’s square footage will be located outdoors and open seasonally, with the remaining 3,000 sq. ft. located indoors and open year-round.
“You almost feel like you’re on the bow of a ship overlooking the expanse of the river,” Hornik told What Now Philadelphia. “Liberty Point is a return to celebrate the outdoors and the waterfront of Philadelphia and to integrate people into experiencing the river.”
Liberty Point will offer a casual lunch and dinner menu of delicious bites, including sandwiches, salads, and seasonal fare. There will also be a raw bar and a late-night menu. Liberty Point has five main bars, including an elevated sky bar on the top level, with cocktails on tap, mocktails, frozen drinks in the summer, as well as a menu of beer and wine. Each bar will be outfitted with TVs to catch the game. A permanent stage will sit in the heart of the restaurant for live music performances every Friday and Saturday and DJs on Thursday and Sunday.
In addition to stunning water views, Liberty Point will be outfitted with lush greenery and vibrant flowers, making it a perfect place to rent out for private or semi-private events of 10 to 1,400 people.
“We are thrilled to take things to the next level for outdoor, riverfront dining in Philadelphia,” Hornik said. “We are full steam ahead for an April opening in time for the beautiful weather. This will time to open with our other outdoor properties, including Morgan’s Pier.”
FCM Hospitality also operates Hornik’s Craft Hall, the current largest restaurant in the city, as well as Morgan’s Pier, Harper’s Garden, Juno, Concourse Dance Bar, The Dolphin Tavern, and Lola’s Garden, among others.