The corner property at 102 South 13th Street that once housed The Corner, and after that, the short-lived cajun restaurant Mamou, has stood empty for quite some time, with an orange liquor license sign that read "Burrowing Troll Inc.". But today, Foobooz has the word about future plans for the high-trafficked 13th Street space: a tiki bar, simply named Tiki, by Jason Evanchik, the restaurateur who's built himself a little empire in Philly (Time, Vintage, Bar, Heritage, Garage, La Casa de tu Madre). The whole "Burrowing Troll" label was a Evanchik-satirization of the bureaucratic process behind Philly liquor licenses.
This will be tiki bar number two for Philadelphia, the only other venue serving zany drinks in coconut shells is Tommy Up's The Yachtsman in Fishtown. Following suit with what's becoming a city-wide trend, Tiki will offer a menu of small bites, which, among noodles and dumplings, include grilled meats on sticks.
Opening is slotted for mid-May. Stay tuned for details.