Fashion District Philadelphia, the upgraded mall taking the place of the former Gallery in Center City, isn’t opening for over a year, but it’s already mostly leased. In the mix with the shops and movie theater are several restaurants, ranging from food court-style eats to City Winery, a restaurant, concert venue, and, yes, winery, rolled into one. This will be the first Philly-area location for the chain, which has a presence in New York, Boston, D.C., Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta, along with locations outside of the U.S.
Fashion District is over 800,000 square feet, spanning 8th to 11th streets and Market to Filbert.
City Winery, facing Filbert, will offer a combo not found elsewhere in Philly. It makes wine, offers classes covering food and winemaking, and hosts private events, and includes both a sit-down restaurant and a concert space.
Also along Filbert will be Dallas BBQ, a New York City import serving chicken and ribs and, according to a press release, “Texas-size frozen drinks.”
Market Eats is the food court piece of the puzzle, with Aramark involved in that one. It will include Chickie’s & Pete’s, Chick-fil-A, Oath Pizza, Burger Fi, Pei Wei, Freshii, and La Madeleine and have access to Jefferson Station (formerly [and forever] Market East).
There might also be an Italian market with eateries and retail — Eataly has long been rumored to be heading this way.
Not to knock the Ritz or Roxy, but Center City’s lack of a regular movie theater is glaring. The third floor of Fashion District will be an “entertainment zone” complete with AMC Theatres’ movie screens, in-theater dining, reclining seats, and a bar. Another operator might be bringing bowling, ping pong, and pool tables.
On the retail side, Polo Ralph Lauren, H&M, Forever 21, Guess, Columbia, Levi’s, and Skechers, among others, are signed on, and maybe makeup megastore Ulta.
Everything is slated to open September 2019.
Across the street, local chain Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is opening its first Center City location at East Market, the other giant multi-use development recreating this part of downtown.