Golden Coast beer distributor to open next month at 1218 Snyder Ave

The Golden Coast beer distributor that was supposed to have opened already at 1218 Snyder Ave. is shooting to open next month.

Golden Coast 1218 Snyder
The shop had applied for those illuminated flat wall signs, but then the civics stepped in.

Pat McHugh, the lawyer who handled the shop’s liquor license, said they have complete some renovations inside and added walk-in coolers. Owner Tong Shi, who previously worked in a Chinatown restaurant, and his wife Fen Wei plan a traditional beer distributor selling cases only, no six packs. And as part of an agreement with the East Passyunk Crossing civic association, no 40s.

“They’re hoping to have a good clientele with local residents as well as to sell to restaurants,” McHugh said.

The neighborhood agreement also stipulates, according to EPX zoning chair David Goldfard, that:

  • All signs must be approved by EPX. No cigarette signs or temporary cardboard ads will be allowed, in deference to the proximity of South Philly High.
  • Strong encouragement to stock craft beers (although no mandate)
  • Trash must be stored internally and private commercial trash pick up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • A passenger loading zone in front of the distributor to minimize traffic and parking disruptions in the neighborhood.
  • Deliveries to occur on Iseminger between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with no vehicle idling allowed.

McHugh said the shop will still sell cigarettes even though they can’t advertise them, as well as snacks, sodas and lottery.

To start, the distributor will not be open on Sundays, but they intend to add that day and have already applied for a Sunday license.

Meanwhile, wouldn’t you agree that the building owner (not the same owners as the distributor) did a pretty crappy job repairing the facade after it started crumbling in April?

That patch work is no good.
That patch work is no good.

46 thoughts on “Golden Coast beer distributor to open next month at 1218 Snyder Ave

  • June 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    So they can’t advertise cigarettes, but the awning sign can say “tobacco”?

    • June 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

      The agreement prohibited advertisement of additional tobacco signs (no Marlboro, etc. signs on the storefront); we approved the sign with that language, which we thought was a fair compromise.

      • July 9, 2014 at 8:49 pm

        Hmmm… Take a look at this building as of 7/9… They painted it bright yellow!! WoW… All the detail this agreement went into, and they forgot to tell them not to paint it bright ugly yellow… I knew this would be some slop ghetto joint. I knew it. Great job everyone. Glad all this intelligent dialogue has led to a great outcome…

        Yeah this was way better than a cafe, restaurant, or tavern… Good luck trying to get someone to want to live above a big loud yellow slop shop of a beer joint.


  • June 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Yikes, that building looks like crap.

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Yes.. It DOES look like crap…

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      And that bike, locked to the pole out front, has been there for MONTHS!!! Real nice…

    • July 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      On 6/18, you thought this building looked like crap… Check it out now as of 7/9… Witness the “improvement”… Thanks beer distributor enthusiasts! Thanks for the URINE COLORED BUILDING!!! You’re right!!! I was stupid to speak out against it!!

  • June 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Oh, one more thing…

    Isn’t that building technically in LoMo? I say that because when EPX does its street cleaning, they only sweep the north side of Snyder (their southern boundary). I’m all for keeping a watchful eye on this business, so if EPX wants to extend their influence, how about they start sweeping the other side of Snyder too?

    • June 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

      PARC does the street cleaning, not EPX. EPX and LOMO’s borders overlap on both sides of Snyder.

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      I’m happy to see EPX extending their influence and would say it would be nice for businesses on the southern side of Snyder to contribute funds to EPX rather than “LoMo” to get the street cleaners on both sides of the street…

      • June 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        Well whoever does the street cleaning… Businesses on both sides should contribute to get both sides of the street cleaned… I mean.. Its absurd to only sweep one side of the street.

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:04 am

      100% Agree! Doesn’t make sense to only have street sweeping on one side and not the other. We need it on all of Snyder!!

  • June 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Yeah baby!!! More beer!!

  • June 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    This will be convenient! I don’t think what is being asked of the business owners is too difficult. Should be a win-win.

  • June 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    anyone know what’s going on with the Thai restaurant on 13th and Snyder?

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      HaHaHaHaHa!!! Yeah the Thai restaurant…

  • June 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I feel like there should be laws prohibiting beer distributors from opening basically next door to a high school. This business will not do anything to improve our neighborhood.

    And when is the Thai restaurant going to open? Does anyone have any information about what quality of place it will be?

    • June 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Yes it will. Why should I have to drive up to Bella Vista to pick up a case a beer?? It’s a neighborhood, I prefer to shop in the neighborhood. Spare me the Puritanical “alcohol is the devils work” crap. It’s that attitude that causes the problems.

      Thai restuarant will be carrying 40’s, right?

      • June 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        Drive to front and Snyder and get your beer there.

      • June 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        Yes, you are obviously correct. The attitude that I don’t want a beer distributor in my neighborhood is what “causes the problems.”

        This neighborhood needs businesses on Snyder that will connect the progress on E. Passyunk to the neighborhoods below. LoMo has a lot of energetic, young people that want amenities in their neighborhood too. The building looks like hell and the bright red awning is not fixing the disrepair. Snyder Ave. needs a bump up and a beer distributor is a bump in the wrong direction.

        Why would a Thai restaurant sell 40’s?

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      I agree Jillian… I wish you were more vocal.. I’ve been lamenting this poor choice of tenant for this space for the past two or three months…

      • June 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        I’ve been saying it since it was first mentioned! It was zoned for a business and I seem loudly outvoted.

    • June 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      It’s already illegal to sell to minors, so it being near a high school is irrelevant. I agree though, about it not improving the neighborhood.

      • June 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        I wish I could post a picture I could post of the drunks that pass out outside the place already.. Let alone the fact that the half way house next door doesn’t help…

    • June 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      If AnthonyG’s comments on this article and many other articles represent the philosophy of most readers… Nobody seems to give a damn about “quality” unless it is in proximity to their home. I guess you’re supposed to just cheer when anything of any kind opens up and stomp on all local voices of opposition…

      • June 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        Immediate proximity*

        Because after all, Bella Vista is too far to drive for cases of beer. (Even though you don’t really need to drive that far to get a case of beer…)

  • June 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Can someone explain the importance of not having any 40oz beers?

    • June 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

      It is curious, since they could only sell 40’s buy the case. It’s not like you can walk into a beer distributor and just buy one, But many people equate 40’s with ghetto.

      • June 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        Thats because 40’s ARE ghetto…

        • June 20, 2014 at 8:24 am

          @ProvWit, so you are a closet racist…. just say what you mean, it’s not the fact they sell beer, you don’t want “certain” customers around.

          • June 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm

            Yeah I only volunteered for Obama caws I was some kind of spy.. You’re right… Again… I wish I could post pictures on this… Most of the girls I date are black or latina… No I won’t accept your lazy accusations.. Next!

  • June 18, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Why cant they sell 40s…not everyone wants to buy a $40 case of organic vegan ipa

    • June 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Organic vegan IPA will cost you upwards of $70 per case.

  • June 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

    If they clean up the facade and stock some quality craft beers, I’ll be a regular customer. If they cater to the lowest common denominator, it’ll be bad for the neighborhood.

    • June 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      “McHugh said the shop will still sell cigarettes even though they can’t advertise them, as well as snacks, sodas and lottery.”

      So, I’m guessing lowest-common-denominator.

      • June 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        Pretty much every corner store below Snyder (and there is one on every block, basically) sells cigarettes, snacks, sodas, and lottery. And the neighborhood is still great.

        I’m excited for this place.

        • June 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm

          Who is gonna want to live above a place like this? Shouldn’t the upper floors and the building as a whole get renovated and developed at once? Is this the way its done? Arrange a shotgun deal real quick with a beer distributor to get the bills paid on the place and then worry about development after? Thats gonna slow down any construction that needs to be done putting apartments or office space on the upper floors. It is also going to make it more difficult to get high quality renters once the place is ready… Why aren’t any of you so called real estate professionals asking or intelligently discussing the answers to these questions? All I hear is sophomoric statements that equate to: “Drinkin beers baby! Yeah!! 40’s rule!! Need to get mah beers!” This does not instill confidence in the neighbors who fought so hard to keep this place nice and who have spent their own money on trash clean up and fighting graffiti…

          • June 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

            ughhh…. get over it. It’s a done deal. You’re getting a beer distributor. It’s SNYDER AVE for crying out loud. The whole stretch from 3rd to Broad sucks. There plenty you could be doing other than trying to prevent growth.

            • June 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

              Beer distributors are these huge growth engine’s now? HAHAHA!!! They don’t teach that in college… You’re a joke. And you just exposed yourself as not giving a damn about this street and the good people that live here. Its been people like YOU holding Snyder Avenue back! As the EPX area improves, you guys throw all your garbage on the south side of Snyder and you force all your garbage businesses down this way too. Well we’re tired of being your dumping ground! Don’t take pride in how good your neighborhood is, when all you do is force your crap down our way.

              • June 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

                I’m a little perplexed. I never said anything about “growth engine”. Talking about taking pride in your neighborhood? Stop asking for other people to sweep your damn street and do it yourself. If your blocks looks crummy that’s on the people that live there.
                You got a beer distributor, it’s done. You want something else, open your own business.

                • June 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm

                  You said I’m “trying to prevent growth”.. By speaking out against your beer distributor? You call a beer distributor a sign of growth? You suggest a beer distributor is a catalyst of growth?

                  We pick up trash and then some… You must not read very well. I’ve said before that we’ve been picking up trash and painting over graffiti.. Spending our own money to buy the paint. Our own time and effort to clean up and cover up the constant taggings. I don’t think Marsha or Jillian are some lackadaisical dead beats you so adamantly accuse our block of being either.. Again you come with lazy, not well thought out statements. So don’t say “do it yourself” again… Because we certainly do and certainly have been for years… You must watch too much FOX news where repeating inaccurate lines over and over again win the day.

                  You want a beer distributor close by? PUT IT UP YOUR BLOCK!!!!

          • June 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

            I bet alot of the people commenting do not even live near Snyder Ave so they don’t care what kind of crap place goes in to that building. They don’t care if the neighborbood goes down the gutter either because its not their hood.

            All they care about is where they can get there next case of beer…

            • June 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm


              • June 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm

                DING DING DING DING DING


                100% CORRECT!!!

  • July 2, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    There is a great distb. at 600 moore street which is somehow now part of this EPX you speak of..go there

    • July 4, 2014 at 3:20 am

      Bravo Pepe… Way to speak up! Now brace yourself for the AnthonyG attacks…

      He takes it personal when you point out inconvenient truths. He is a defender of slum lords that lazily rent to beer distributors rather than develop the gem of a building the trashy beer distributor will occupy…

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