June 17, 2013
Big news, food fans. The ever-expanding restaurant empire of Philadelphia super chef Marc Vetri continues to grow with today’s announcement that Vetri has just signed the lease for a new restaurant space at The Navy Yard slated to open next summer.
With the upcoming Pizzeria Vetri opening at 20th and Callowhill streets on track to open later this summer, it was only a matter of time before Vetri settled on his next project.
Announced via a casual photo on Instagram and then confirmed on Twitter, Vetri will open a full-service restaurant and bar in Building 500, a 4,700-square-foot former gatehouse located at 4501 S. Broad Street at the entrance to The Navy Yard.
Though most details are still in the works, this seventh restaurant in the Vetri Family of Restaurants and will be, naturally, based on a neighborhood Italian trattoria, and is slated to feature around 150 seats inside, plus a large outdoor dining patio. The name of the forthcoming restaurant will be The Brig, a reference to its location at the Navy Yard. The new space will be open after normal Navy Yard business hours, too, opening up the complex in a brand-new way.
For those who work at The Navy Yard, residents of South Philly and visitors to the nearby Sports Complex, Vetri’s new restaurant will provide a much-needed dining addition to the neighborhood, which is fast developing.
Existing food options include Shop 543, the cafe at the Urban Outfitters headquarters, DiNic’s Roast Beef and Pork, Jharoka Cafe, and the weekly Lunch Truck Lineup food truck series. The addition of this amenity to The Navy Yard joins the growing plans for the sprawling campus, which include a restaurant and bar within the Courtyard by Marriott, and a cafe within Building 489 and a medical office building.
And now, we’re already looking forward to next summer.