Punk Isn’t Dead In Lakeview: The Alley Opening Cafe, Shop Near Old Location
“The Alley might not be able to go home again … but it can move in across the street. Longtime purveyor of punk Mark Thomas is partnering with Michael Markellos, the Philly sandwich slinger of Belmont Avenue, to open The Alley 1776, a coffee and sandwich shop with a pared-down version of The Alley on the second floor.
“You’ve got the Belmont Boys in front of you,” said Markellos, who opened his first Philly’s Best at 907 W. Belmont Ave. in 1990. “And Mark and I are really the kind of guys who can have an idea and just make it happen.”
Markellos and Thomas plan to quietly open the cafe portion of the business next week, and will be handing out thousands of free samples of Dark Matter coffee over its first few months to build some buzz. They’ll also give away leather jackets, tickets to Riot Fest and other Alley apparel, Thomas said.”