Client: Dock Street Brewery
Microbrewery and restaurant in the firehouse at 50th St. and Baltimore Ave.
Dock Street Brewery was the first brewery and restaurant in Philadelphia, opening in Center City in the 1980's. The beer has been crafted continuously since that time by owners Rosemarie Certo and Jeff Ware, but the restaurant closed after many successful years.
Most recently serving the community as a farmer's market, the firehouse at 50th and Baltimore was the owners' new location of choice, partly for its architectural features, but primarily for its location in a very diverse and lively neighborhood that was underserved by restaurants.
As with most restaurants, funds were very limited, and there was expensive equipment to be purchased, including the brewing vats and a pizza oven. The design challenge was to meet the functional requirements of the restaurant and brewery in a way that reflected the quirky and adventurous spirit of the owners and the neighborhood.
A long bar curves through the space, and interior storefront windows allow a view of the stainless steel and copper vats. The concrete floor was left raw and the concrete and steel structure and all ductwork and conduit was left exposed.
Dock Street Restaurant and Brewery