It looks like time is up for everyone's favorite vacant lean-to on 13th Street. According to Michael Klein of The Insider, the oddly-shaped Letto Deli at 208 S.13th Street will apparently be demolished as plans move forward with a new restaurant space from former-Tashan head man, Sylva Senat. The property has been vacant for six years, which is rather surprising given the general kitschy flare makes it stand out from nearby buildings.(And that general kitschy flare is now back into being cool — just look at that sign!) It has a star-crossed past, as Stephen Starr, Iron Chef Jose Garces and apparently L.A.'s Umami Burger have all considered the property for new projects but ultimately backed out.
Garces sold the former Dewey's Famous/Letto Deli joint in 2012 to an investment firm. According to property records, the former home of the "Incredible Letto" sandwich is currently owned by a holding company named 208 Thirteen Holdings, who purchased it for $1.2M. Senat told The Insider that it's too early in the project for specifics and that no official timeline has been set. Hopefully, we can expect something similar (or even bigger/taller) than Chef Chris Scarduzio's project on East Passyunk Avenue. They're currently in the process of demolishing the building at 12th and Morris Street in favor of a larger ground-floor restaurant space with two additional stories of apartments.
· Sylva Senat in deal at Letto Deli site [The Insider]
· Is Umami Burger Looking at the Letto Deli Space? [Eater Philly]
· Dewey's Famous [The Gayborhood Guru]
· Demolition On the Way at Future Scarduzio Restaurant? [Curbed Philly]