- May 16, 2019
-- Teddy Sourias and Craft Concepts Group are excited to announce their first major expansion outside of Center City. The owners of BRU Craft & Wurst, Blume, Tradesman's, U-Bahn, Kontrol, Tinsel and Uptown Beer Garden will bring two of their signature brands to Northern Liberties. Starting on Memorial Day Weekend, look for Craft Beer Concepts inspired by BRU Craft & Wurst, and Craft Cocktail Concepts inspired by the newly opened Blume, at the new Piazza Pod Park by Post Brothers. Craft Concepts Group continues their expansion from a beer focused company to now include cocktails and natural wines. Look for Craft Beer Concepts Pod to be inspired by the flagship restaurant BRU (1318 Chestnut Street) that will focus on craft beer, and Craft Cocktail Concepts Pod to be inspired by the floral decor and natural wines/cocktails from Blume (1500 Locust Street). When opened, look for a signature exclusive beer Craft Concepts Group created just for Piazza Pod Park, plus three other craft drafts, a selection of craft cans, draft and frozen cocktails and natural wines. The Craft Concepts Group pods look to open on Memorial Day Weekend, pending permits and approvals. For more about the grand opening of the entire pod park, stay tuned for more information from Post Brothers.
After several years of discussing potential projects, Craft Concepts Group has inked a deal to collaborate with Post Brothers on Piazza Pod Park. "When the idea of Piazza Pod Park came along, we jumped at the chance as this is a great project totally on brand for our mission and vision. We want to push boundaries and change neighborhoods - and we were in sync from the start," added Sourias.
When opened, the pod park will feature 35,000 square feet of outdoor space that is uniquely Northern Liberties, with a combination of dining, art, civic space, kids and fitness components, as well as regular entertainment and events. Capturing the artistic and design-centric character of the Northern Liberties neighborhood that surrounds it, the Pod Park will feature retail spaces made entirely of recycled shipping containers, two mega-scale installations from internationally acclaimed artists, and a local artists in residence program with regular classes.
In the first pod, Craft Beer Concepts inspired by BRU Craft & Wurst, Sourias will celebrate and honor the company's flagship restaurant and bar located in Midtown Village.The second pod, Craft Craft Cocktail Concepts inspired by Blume, is a floral tribute to the brand-new restaurant and bar that is an internet sensation and Instagrammer paradise in Rittenhouse Square.
For design and turnaround of the pods in time for a Memorial Day Weekend launch, Craft Concepts Group turned to interior designer Anne White of AGW Interiors. After the success at Tinsel, Tradesman's and Blume, Craft Concepts Group partnered again with interior designer to ensure that both pods are aesthetically completely different, and help to reinforce that they are no longer just a beer bar company.
Sourias, White and the CCG teams been working round the clock (in the rain) not only on the pods, but also new elements of Uptown Beer Garden (set to open this Thursday).
Sourias added to stay tuned, as the pods will continue to evolve and expand their offerings as the year goes on. Down the road, look for collaborations with other local partners, events they will sponsor in the Pod Park, and some big surprises in fall and winter.
For more information about the pods, and other developments, follow the new Instagram account for Craft Concepts Group at @CCGPHL, as well as follow BRU Craft & Wurst and Blume on Facebook.