Thursday, May 8, 2014

Former Ugly American spot will soon get new owners, new life as restaurant

It looks as though the former Ugly American spot will soon be a restaurant again.

We don’t have many details yet but this Fox Roach listing notes that the large, three-story property at Front and Federal streets has recently been sold for $450,000, though city records still list its last sale as being in 2007 for $541,685. The former Pennsport gastropub closed in early 2013 and the space at 1100 S. Front St. had seen little action since being put on the market.

However, after the listing had recently been removed from Zillow, we decided to contact Donna Santore, listing agent with Berkshire Hathaway/Fox & Roach Realtors to see if the pieces were starting to fall in to place.

Santore didn’t comment on specifics of the sale but did say that new owners are taking over and will be in settlement on the property in under 30 days. She went on to mention that they’re looking to open a new bar/restaurant that also features a brunch menu in the mold of For Pete’s Sake, located a few blocks north at Front and Christian Streets. Word on the street is that the restaurant could be open as soon as July/August, although that hasn't been confirmed.

Prior to Ugly American, this location was home to La Vigna, an Italian restaurant that was well-liked, according to multiple neighbors.

With the coming addition of Pub on Wolf (and the aforementioned For Pete’s Sake), it looks as though South Front Street will be soon be dotted with brunch-serving gastropubs from Queen Village all the way down through Whitman.

As always, we'll have the details as soon as they become available.

Big ups to Ryan, a loyal reader who gave us a heads up on a bit of this news. 

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