Philadelphia’s largest outdoor restaurant opens – The Hawk Newspaper

Liberty Point, Philadelphia’s largest outdoor restaurant, opened earlier this month after five years of planning. The space has three levels, five bars, indoor and outdoor seating, views of the Delaware River, and seating for 1,400 people.

Located at 211 S. Columbus Blvd., the restaurant and entertainment venue spans nearly 30,000 square feet and is owned and operated by FCM Hospitality, a leading restaurant and entertainment industry group in Philadelphia. FCM Hospitality already held the record for Philadelphia’s largest restaurant with Craft Hall, which seats 500 diners. Their other properties include Morgan’s Pier, Rosy’s Taco Bar, Concourse Dance Bar, and Harper’s Garden, among others.

Avram Hornik, owner of FCM Hospitality, has locked down most of the waterfront. Craft Hall and Liberty Point are parked at either end, while Morgan’s Pier, Cherry Street Pier and River Beer Garden are scattered between them. Liberty Point is right next to the Independence Seaport Museum.

Neina Langford, Director of Events and Promotions at FCM Hospitality, shared some of the inspiration behind the creation of Liberty Point.

“One of my favorite goals for Liberty Point is the idea of ​​reconnecting the Delaware River waterfront to downtown,” Langford said. “We are thrilled to be part of the revitalization of the waterfront, a part of the city that is so steeped in Philadelphia’s history, which was separated by [Interstate] 95 for too long.

Melissa Zee, a Liberty Point waitress who has worked at other FCM locations, said she was looking forward to the May 3 opening.

“I feel like there’s something for everyone here,” Zee said. “It’s a huge space and a great vibe.”

As the summer kicks in, Liberty Point will offer vibrant nightlife, including live entertainment, DJ appearances and a dance floor.

“The nightlife is going to be awesome on the weekends,” Zee said. “It will definitely be the place to be this summer. They will have DJs and live performances, and they will move the picnic tables near the stage to create a dance floor.

With many different seating options, customers can find the ambience they want. There is a main bar, a stage bar and an indoor bar, as well as a sky and boat bar. There are seats for couples, small groups and large events. The lower tier of outdoor seating is both dog and family friendly. There are even smaller seating areas that provide a more intimate space.

The drink menu is substantial, with prices ranging from $5 to $12. Liberty Point offers eight cocktails on tap, five specialty cocktails, a selection of frozen drinks, and a rotating menu of beer, wine, and seltzer. Beer from FCM’s own brewery, Mainstay, is also served.

Local New Jersey resident Mary McGuinness enjoyed drinks courtesy of Liberty Point at a preview event on April 29.

“I had the Liberty Punch,” McGuinness said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect from a cocktail on tap, but this is surprisingly very good.”

The food menu is casual for the most part, with lunch and dinner options that include sandwiches, salads, shared plates, desserts, and even a kids’ menu. There is also a selection of raw bars, with fresh and fried seafood. Shared plates and sandwiches range from $6 to $17, while seafood ranges from $13 to $40.

“Liberty Point’s Philadelphia-born and raised executive chef, Qadir Jordan, brings over 20 years of experience,” Langford said. “You can just taste how much he cares.”

Sean McClellan, a graduate student from the University of Pennsylvania, said he enjoyed sampling the drink and food options at the preview, including the signature Liberty Rickey, which is a blend of beer, of vodka and fruit puree.

“It’s really good and super refreshing,” McClellan said. “We had fries to share for the table and I ordered the brisket cheesesteak. Everything is so good.

Liberty Point is open Monday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.