Outdoor seating came a step closer to becoming a reality for Fond at the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s zoning meeting on Tuesday evening. The popular restaurant, settled in at its new location at 1537 S. 11th St., wants to offer seating outside of its existing space in order to expand the amount of room available to its customers as well as to offer an attractive al fresco dining option in the warmer months.
Two community members at the meeting who live on the Tasker Avenue side of the establishment raised concerns about the amount of noise that would be created from outdoor seating at an already busy intersection of 11th Street and Tasker Avenue. Particular concern was raised over the amount of noise already present on the Tasker side of the restaurant, which features bus stops for the Route 23 and Route 29 buses. To alleviate these concerns, Tory Keomanivong, who co-owns Fond with Jessie Prawlucki and Lee Styer, agreed to limit the hours of the outdoor dining to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
A rendering of Fond’s plans for outdoor seating is featured here. Keomanivong stated that they anticipate having a total of four to five tables to seat primarily two people, though some can accommodate four people.
The Passyunk Square Civic Association Zoning Committee voted 6-0 in support of Fond’s proposal for outdoor seating, who require a letter of support for the idea.
Sounds like one more reason to look forward to summer along East Passyunk Avenue.
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