The transformation of Washington Avenue west of Broad Street continues with the upcoming Breeze Point Cafe, a juice and smoothie shop from a personal trainer. Breeze Point is on the same block as Chick’s, the neighborhood hangout that opened in 2017 on a stretch that until recently was largely industrial.
Owner Brandon Mentore is in the process of sorting out licensing for his new cafe, located at 1801 Washington between a laundromat and a cell phone store, and hoping for a February opening.
Breeze Point is the type of health-conscious spot that focuses on performance and wellness, Mentore says. Its primary distributor is Pottstown-based Performance Food Centers, which works with juice bars and smoothie shops, including the juice bars inside City Fitness gyms. Performance Food Centers is part of a larger company that also includes Swiig (Stuff With Infinite Goodness). Swiig supplies cafes — including Breeze Point — with grab-and-go items like granola, freeze-dried fruit and vegetables, nut butters, and plant-based protein powders.
The newly opened Martabak OK, a cheery little counter-service spot selling its namesake Indonesian stuffed breads, is right around the corner. West Philly’s Dock Street Brewery is opening a huge brewery and taproom on 2118 Washington Avenue, across from a planned mixed-use development. In the other direction, Lincoln Square is now open at Broad and Washington with apartments, a Target, and a Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store, and a Starbucks and a Chipotle are in the works on the same site.