The news of Lucky Old Souls' PLCB victory made it into both the Inky's 'The Insider' and the City Paper's 'Meal Ticket' last week. Here's what owner, proprietor, and Newbold resident Matthew Feldman had to say (via Facebook):
The incredibly long, arduous process of getting PLCB approval for the Lucky Old Souls jazz club in South Philly is now over, and we have succeeded in getting our final approval from the PLCB. The extensive renovations required on the building (vacant for 25+ years) will start this spring and we will be open before the end of 2011.
To celebrate, Lucky Old Souls presents Jazz on Colorado Court, free outdoor neighborhood concerts every Saturday in May from 3-6:30pm, alongside the future home of the Lucky Old Souls on McKean St. between 17th & 18th. Food from Honest Tom's Tacos, Buttercream Cupcakes, Tyson Bees, & Little Baby's Ice Cream (2 vendors each week).
Schedule of performers:
- 5/7: saxophonist Wade Dean
- 5/14: vocalist (and South Philly resident) Venissa Santi
- 5/21: The Mini Q's (Luke O'Reilly & Ben O'Neill's organ trio)
- 5/28: Three Blind Mice
A little background:
Our initial application with the PLCB was filed in October 2009. In spite of overwhelming support in the neighborhood and the support of the Newbold Neighbors Association, a few neighbors filed protests. A hearing was finally held in August 2010. In January 2011, the PLCB finally approved the application. A few weeks later, in early February, one individual neighbor (a business owner and resident across the street) filed an appeal in the Court of Common Pleas. This was going to further delay things, while we waited for a court date and for the appeal to be resolved. Then, totally out of the blue, a few weeks ago, we were notified that this individual had withdrawn his appeal, clearing the way for things to move forward.