IndustryXIX and Emmaline Exit 1904 Chestnut, Mac’s Tavern Moves Forward

The "Cease Operations" sign on the door at the IndustryXIX nightclub

Two weeks ago, we broke news that trouble was brewing in Philadelphia at 1904 Chestnut, the address that housed two nightclubs – IndustryXIX upstairs and the intimate Emmaline downstairs – as well as an incoming tenant, Mac’s Tavern, looking to open another location (their first is in Philly's Old City area). Since then, The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) slapped a "cease operations" sticker on IndustryXIX for its lack of a special assembly license and their crew, and Emmaline’s, left the building on Monday, June 3.

Philadelphia’s L&I requires that bars, restaurants and nightclubs with dancing (and a lawful occupancy of 50 or more people) have a special dance hall license that costs a $100. Based on the L&I notice, it appears that IndustryXIX didn’t have that license. Now, IndustryXIX is out of 1904 Chestnut, and Emmaline owner Brendan Olkus (aka Brendan Bring’Em) left too, as he’s readying his new club at the southwest corner of Front and Girard in Philly’s Northern Liberties area.

This clears the building for the Mac’s Tavern Rittenhouse location, and there is an orange liquor license application in the window. Still, according to Liquor Control Board (LCB) spokesperson Stacy Kriedeman, Director of External Affairs, there is an opposition that has been filed against the person to person transfer of the liquor license from Marcilago LLC to 1904 Partners LP (the Mac’s Tavern group). This is not uncommon for a license transfer, a process where the LCB must discover if the opposition is from valid protestants before the transfer application goes to a hearing.

The liquor license application at 1904 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia
The liquor license application at 1904 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia
Photos ©A.D. Amorosi for Glamorosi

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013