Jason Evanchik, Josh McCullough, Terrance Leach, and Sal D'Amato's auto-body-shop-turned-beer-bar, Garage, has been one of East Passyunk Avenue's most successful contributions to Philly's bar scene in recent years (check out its notable mention on The Daily Show during the DNC) and by "early next week", Fishtown's Garage North hopes to follow suit.
"We're waiting on one piece of paper from the city," said co-owner Josh McCullough. Once they get a hold of it, it's a full-go on the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues, in the old Penn Treaty Market.
The main difference between the two Garages? Garage North's size: its bar is 50 feet longer than its sister's down south, with "a lot more beer" courtesy of the old-grocery store's leftover walk-in fridges. So the bar menu's got a can list tipping over 325 varieties, plus ten more on tap."We're waiting on one piece of paper from the city," said co-owner Josh McCullough. Once they get a hold of it, it's a full-go on the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues, in the old Penn Treaty Market.
Garage's "kitchen" on East Passyunk isn't so much a kitchen as it is a food cart manned by whomever from Philly's ensemble of notable chefs, cooks, and food purveyors. It'll be just the same up north, but instead of a food cart (a somewhat limiting cooking experience), the crew's installed a brand new, fully equipped kitchen. If you're feeling cheesesteaks instead (as you might in South Philly), you can BYO from Joe's Steaks, catty-corner across Girard Avenue, just like you would in South Philly.
Inside, expect a similar auto-theme, but this time with a motorcycle hung from the ceiling. Nine TVs, three skee-ball lanes, and two pool tables make up the fun of the space, and hours will go from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Once the crew's found their footing, it'll open at 11 a.m. on weekends.