South Philly Barbacoa is Taking Over Connie’s Ric Rac and Will Have a Liquor License!s
One of Philly’s most celebrated Mexican eateries will be taking over one of Philly’s most popular live music venues. In a recent announcement via Instagram, South Philly Barbacoa announced that they have taken over the space that once belonged to Connie’s Ric Rac.
Opened in the 80’s as a tchotchke shop by Connie & Joe Tartalglia, Connie’s Ric Rac eventually morphed to become a mainstay in Philly’s music culture. Many notable acts have touched the staged and their no frills atmosphere matched the blue collar South Philly vibes. However, it looks like the music has come to an end but the venue will soon see new life.
South Philly Barbacoa’s owner Cristina Martinez who has won many accolades including Philly Eater’s Chef of the Year, will now fill the venue with hungry patrons rather than party goers. “Cristina has just signed the lease for Connie’s Ric Rac! Casa Mexico & South Philly Barbacoa will soon have the benefit of a full liquor license and a lot of additional seating. The interior needs some renovation, and she is looking for a licensed contractor to help realize her vision,” the post reads.
The move will be a short distance for South Philly Barbacoa which is located up the block in the Italian Market (1140 S 9th St.). At this time there is no timetable for the grand opening.
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