Avram Hornik, seasoned restaurateur and owner of the prolific hospitality and entertainment management firm, FCM Hospitality, recently unveiled plans for three new concepts in Rittenhouse Square, including a cocktail bar dubbed Noche located at 1901 Chestnut St, a yet-to-be-named Mexican-inspired coffee shop at 2218 Walnut St, and a new sports bar tentatively called Lucy’s at 1720 Chestnut St, according to reporting in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hornik was not immediately available to provide a comment or further details when contacted by What Now Philadelphia.
Standing at two stories, Lucy’s is slated to open late 2023 and will require the most work to be reimagined as a restaurant, having previously housed a sports apparel shop. Nevertheless, that same athletic spirit will still permeate the space, serving as a sports bar “for regular people,” Hornik told The Inquirer, unlike the forthcoming Bankroll which is more betting-driven.
Meanwhile, Noche – which sits above Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – will serve as an homage to the Italian-Mexican fusion restaurant that once operated out of the space, its sign hanging from the facade for a decade, between 2004 and 2014.
Lastly, the Mexican-inspired coffee shop, which Hornik said is due to open “soon” in the former Lost Bread Co. and Res Ipsa Cafe outpost will specialize in tortas, breakfast tacos, and of course, Mexican coffee.