Even if Stephen Starr takes a breather from Philly this year (though the latest is he won’t) that’s not stopping others from growing their bar and restaurant portfolios. Avrim Hornik, who just delivered music venue Union Transfer in September announced today that he and cohorts Mark Fichera, Sean Agnew, Joe Crouse Jim Glancy, and John Moore have set their collective sights on the former home of Octo, the short lived Delaware Avenue bar and club that replaced waterfront fixture Rock Lobster several summers ago. The Insider reports that the team intends to open a beer garden at the large, mostly outdoor space in May and keep it going until October. That’s when they’ll put it away for hibernation. Name, menu and other important details are sketchy, but lunch, dinner, late night and brunch service are all in the cards. There’s also plans for tons of bicycle parking.
Meanwhile, Hornik is reportedly shooting for a March opening for his new and improved Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus. As for what he’s doing with the old Boot and Saddle on South Broad? That’s said to be in the works for sometime later this year.