The first restaurant to open on the street was founded in the same building as Lofts 640. The Northern Italian eatery Osteria was created by restaurateur Marc Vetri who runs three other restaurants in the city. One of Vetri’s other restaurants called Alla Spina is located just off North Broad Street on Mount Vernon Street.
Restaurateur Stephen Starr entered Spring Garden in late 2011. He opened a seafood restaurant called Route 6 on 600 N. Broad St. The business shares a building with an event venue which was also launched in 2011 called Vie. The 17,000-square-foot space was the brainchild of Joe Volpe, chief executive officer of Cescaphe Event Group.
The developers of these companies were able to bring traffic to North Broad Street due to their esteem in the restaurant and business worlds.