Curbed Philly reported a new, 12-story boutique hotel will be coming soon to the corner of 17th and Chancellor Streets in Rittenhouse Square. Only to replace the legendary 24/7 Little Pete’s dinner on that same corner.
Philly.com reported that the diner has been open for the past 36 years right across the street from the Radisson Warwick Hotel. Little Pete’s has been a staple in the neighborhood offering an option for late night dining. Early next year, the diner will be demolished along with the adjoining nail salon, flower shop and parking garage.
The design of the new hotel will be crafted by DAS Architects and developed by Clemens Construction Co. The hotel is expected to feature 300 rooms and a restaurant, according to Philly.com.
Expected completion for the Hudson Hotel is in 2016. Philly.com stated the owners of Little Pete’s anticipate the diner to close within the next year. The owners have an additional location in the Art Museum section of the city.
Many local residents are concerned that the 200 block of South 17th Street will lose it’s neighborhood touch and turn into a boring cluster of high-rise hotels. Time will tell. A definite construction date has not yet been set.