Take a look at Liberty Point, Philadelphia’s largest outdoor restaurant

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If Liberty Point is Philadelphia’s largest outdoor restaurant – if not the largest restaurant, period – how about some numbers:

Liberty Point, which will officially open May 3 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Penn’s Landing, can seat 1,400 people seasonally on 25,000 square feet. By comparison, the second-largest restaurant in town is nearby Morgan’s Pier, a seasonal destination on the Delaware River also owned by Avram Hornik and FCM Hospitality, with a capacity of 500 people. Hornik said Liberty Point is designed to be a sit-down restaurant. experience with live music for families and tourists, while Morgan’s Pier typically draws a crowd of young adults looking for a barbecue or beer garden.

Liberty Point has 150 staff, five bars, and seven event spaces that surround the museum’s exterior on three main levels. Entertainment will include live music Friday and Saturday and DJs throughout the week. On the ground floor is a 75-seat indoor bar/dining room that will be open year-round.

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Due to the location of the museum, Liberty Point offers views of the river from everywhere. Look north to see the Ben Franklin Bridge, east to see the New Jersey State Aquarium, southeast to see the USS New Jersey, and south to see the marina, the Dockside Condominium and Traffic. Even the indoor dining room offers views of the river, thanks to cleverly angled mirrors behind the bar.

It’s relatively easy to get there for a destination on Penn’s Landing, which is surrounded by I-95 and Columbus Boulevard. Liberty Point sits at the foot of the Walnut Street Bridge which spans both roads. Head to Front and Walnut streets in Old Town and cross the bridge, or drive along Columbus Boulevard and park in the garage attached to the nearby Hilton hotel.

Hundreds of people showed up last weekend for an unannounced soft opening, climbing a flight of stairs along the Penn’s Landing promenade to a main bar which on Saturday was packed with patrons, mostly aged 40 and less.

Chef Qadir Jordan, a West Philadelphia-born 15-year veteran of Philadelphia restaurants such as Fork, White Dog Cafe and Jose Garces restaurants, has put together a menu featuring loaded shrimp and grits” tots”, falafel bites, spicy cauliflower Korean barbecue, salads, raw selections like spicy tuna tartare served with togarashi fries, fried seafood baskets and many sandwiches, such as a beef burger , an Impossible burger, a roast pork sandwich and a crab cake topped with jerk aioli, grilled shallot and pineapple relish on brioche bun. Jordan and his team work in a kitchen created from three repurposed shipping crates. Seven beers and a cider feature on the taplist, which is complemented by cocktails ($10 for most), two draft wines, two frozen drinks, bottled wines and cans of beer,

Liberty Point, delayed a year by the pandemic, is part of an agreement between FCM and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., the quasi-governmental agency that oversees Penn’s Landing on behalf of the city, and the museum, which was built for the 1976 Bicentenary.

After hosting an event at the nearby USS Olympia, Hornik said he began talks with the DRWC and the museum to reallocate the little-used outdoor areas of the museum.

All of Penn’s Landing is being redeveloped as part of a $2.2 billion plan that includes 12 new towers of homes, shops and offices on either side of a planned park above the freeway , between Chestnut and Walnut streets.

Liberty Point hours of operation are noon to 2 a.m. daily.

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