A listing of potential replacements for Johnny Rockets on South Avenue

It‘s the end of an era for bored teenagers and intoxicated Philadelphians whose late-night cravings led them to a casual dining restaurant, and not and options.

Johnny Rockets on South Street has closed, over at Philly.

After 20 years of serving patrons at the corner of Fifth Street, the chain‘s location will cease to dish out burgers and milkshakes under the guise of a 1950s-style diner. Klein reports the franchisee and property owner couldn‘t agree on a new lease, and it‘s now being marketed to developers as a potential restaurant, grocery or convenience store.


The options for the next lease signer are endless. But it‘s important to remember that this is the east side of South Street we‘re talking about, which means the incoming shop must fit the description of one of the businesses already lining the commercial corridor between Eighth Street and the Delaware River.

I‘ve narrowed down the potential replacements for Johnny Rockets, based on the incoming store‘s seemingly random but oddly fitting combination of new neighbors.

• A 
• A convenience store that is convenient only if you‘re looking for bongs/bowls/cigarettes/black and milds/incense
• A bar with an owner who‘s
• A bar that delivers with an, um,
• Another
• Geez, how many can be on one street?
• A combo cell phone/sneaker store, akin to the KFC/Taco Bell joint restaurants
• A bar that‘s (probably only room for a , realistically)
• Jon Taffer
• A decent bar that seems
• A garage for Philly‘s motorcycling community, who are all already parked across the street 24/7 anyway
• A visitor‘s center for aimless college freshmen

I‘m sure I‘m missing something from this list. So, if you think of a potential business that should be added, or hit me up .

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