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Peek Inside the Restaurants at Fitler Club, Where Memberships Start at $5,000 a Year

Chef Marc Vetri is overseeing the restaurants at the new members-only lifestyle club on the Schuylkill River

The Dining Room at the Fitler Club
Annie Schlechter

Fitler Club, Philly’s new amenity-filled, members-only social club at 2400 Market on the Schuylkill River, is now fully open, more than a year and half after details were first revealed. The lifestyle club, à la Soho House, is being marketed as a “work/stay/play hub” with restaurants led by chef Marc Vetri, 34,000 square feet of co-working spaces and private offices, a giant gym and spa, a movie theater, several event rooms, including one with a bowling alley and arcade games, and a 14-room hotel. Investors include the Eagles’ Zach Ertz, Malcolm Jenkins, and Brandon Graham and star soccer player Julie Ertz.

To start, Fitler Club is accepting 2,500 members — and there’s a long waiting list, founder David Gutstadt says. Prospective members can convey their interest via the website and then fill out an extensive application. Those who pass the first round go through an in-person interview. They also need to have anywhere from almost $6,000 to over $10,000 to spare.

If you’re under 30 years old, there’s a one-time initiation fee of $2,250, followed by monthly $225 dues and a monthly minimum spend of $75 on food and drinks. So for the first year of membership, that’s $5,850.

At the highest end of the fee scale, new members over the age of 50 pay a one-time $4,975, and then dues of $400 a month. Counting the $75 on food, that’s $10,675. Family memberships are also available, which cover two adults and their under-21 children. Driving to the club? Parking for members is $50 for the day, or around $10 for three hours.

For that cash, members get access to, among the other amenities, the Dining Room restaurant and two bars. (A swim club with a huge roof deck is scheduled to open next year, at a building next door.)

The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with river views and a seasonal, new American menu. There’s also a private dining room and a wine room with more than 1,000 bottles. Food is available in the Bar + Lounge too, which is open all day. The Back Bar is more of an entertainment venue, with green leather banquettes and a stage for bands and comedians.

Gutstadt has plans to expand the Fitler Club brand nationwide. He’s eyeing several cities, including Dallas, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Here’s a peek at the Dining Room:

Annie Schlechter
Annie Schlechter

And the balcony, off a lounge area:

Annie Schlechter
Annie Schlechter

The Bar + Lounge looks like this:

Annie Schlechter
Annie Schlechter

It has a different vibe than the Back Bar:

Annie Schlechter

And, here is the women’s bathroom:

Annie Schlechter

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