Center City Night Clubs Close, and Open Under New Names – Stats on 17

Center City Night Clubs Close, and Open Under New Names

After attending the Philly Mag Party on Dilworth Park last Thursday night, I headed to DelFrisco‘s for a bite to eat and a bit of people watching on what is always one of the best nights of the week to dine at DelFrisco’s – Thursday nights.(BTW they have a great special $59 for two courses, salad and surf & turf. So good)


While there people were celebrating the last night of the head bartender, I should have written his name down, but the person who told me said Justin Veasey was going to head a new club, Stats on 17!! It seems that the anticipated hot sports club last year, Clubhouse Sports Lounge, didn’t really take off as planned, probably because Vesper’s restaurant and bar, became Vesper’s sports club and really took off.

Brrrrr Clubhouse Sports Lounge at 111 South 17th Street (Originally G Lounge in 12/07, then the 1925 Cocktail Lounge in 3/15) with it’s ICE and Escape Rooms never really caught on and has closed.  It’s now being rebranded as Stats on 17th!! a brand new sports bar venue with a concept that a great game is always enjoyed while having great beers, drink specials, and food with a club vibe and DJ on the weekends.

BTW Stats on 17th seeking help! They’re looking for experienced kitchen staff, line cook, prep cook, bartenders, bar backs, hostesses, bottle service VIP girls to join their team. They’re interviewing at Sofitel next Tuesday!! Stats on 17th is opening in Sept 2018. Already on the payroll is

super star VIP doorman Tee Fish, longtime Security/Door Manager at Rumor nightclub.
Rumor is CLOSED. What a great spot. I had a lot of fun there, especially in the early years of it’s existence when it first opened and I went out more. Now my crew is married with kids.
Don’t fret though, it’s under new ownership and has a new name. Look for 1500 to open in the fall as well.
It’s interesting to note that both Rumor and Clubhouse were run by maverick nightclub connoisseur Mark Marek, and closed within a few days of each other mid July. Rumor is under new ownership, and I was told that former Clubhouse is as well. I have a text into Mark to see if he did indeed sell the clubs as it appears he did. He was definitely the king for years in the club business, but now with his recent marriage, who wouldn’t want to take a step back and enjoy life.


Luxury 55+ Rental Community Comes to Cherry Hill – Plaza Grande

Luxury 55+ Rental Community Comes to Cherry Hill, and is located on one of the last free spaces on the former Garden State Racetrack properties. I used to work at the racetrack in the 80s, the new one, rebuilt after a devastating fire destroyed it April 14, 1977. By the time the new racetrack was built, in 1985, the times had changed and it was never really able to recapture the excitement again. Having grown up in Cherry Hill, I still have a nostalgic love for this property, and am excited for all the development that has happened to the land, especially the Wegman’s, the developments are great, but I really like this new one – Plaza Grande.


I love the community, the social interaction which is key at 55-plus communities and which Plaza Grande has. I love that the PR company Jenna Communications brought back a former jockey who raced at Garden State Park, to the hard hat press day to showcase the property.

The Plaza Grande at Garden State Park,

Photos from the private collection of record-holding jockey in North American Thoroughbred horse racing, Anthony S. “Tony” Black, were on display as a remembrance of Garden State Park Racetrack, where Tony Black, 66, has raced.

Tony Black himself also paid the Plaza Grande a visit and shared stories of his racing days during the tour!
Tony Black told us that this location was where the horse stables were, and where the jockeys slept. He told us about the day of the fire and how they saved a man asleep in one of the buildings, and they escaped with just their personal affects and their lives.

Afterwards developer John Fasciano, of Tristate Ventures, L.P.  gave us a tour of the property

The apartments are all named after horses

Amenities include: Attached Garage , Parking Lot , Air Conditioning , Valet Trash , Dry Cleaning Drop Off ,  Microwave Oven
Pets Allowed: Cats, Small dogs, Large dogs and there’s even a Pet Washing Station.

State of the art kitchens as well. There are 5 Floorplans and each unit is named after a kind of horse. Rents range from
$1,650 – $2,450/mo .
Check out the Floorplans here

The Clubhouse which includes 18,500 SF private clubhouse with TVs throughout, Indoor swimming pool & hot tub;

Luxury lounge area with fireplace & intimate seating
State-of-the-art health & fitness center with yoga studio, cardio equipment,

weight machines, saunas & massage room;

Wireless cafe & business center

Movie theater with 95″ screen & digital surround sound

Click here to read about Tony Black in Philly.com! You can also watch a recap below from 6 ABC!