New Claudette restaurant leases Fifth Avenue site
New York — Restaurateurs Carlos Suarez and Mark Barak, known for their two popular eateries, Bobo and Rosemary’s, have taken space for a new Provencal restaurant to be called Claudette in New York City.
Located at 24 Fifth Avenue close to Washington Square Park, Union Square and New York University, the 2,409-sq.-ft. restaurant, which includes 2,044 sq. ft. in the basement, features menus from Chef Wade Moises and Chef de Cuisine Koren Grieveson that focus on local produce, seafood and North African aromatics.
Winick Realty Group represented Claudette in the transaction. Sinvin represented the landlord, 24 Fifth Owners Inc.
Planning begins for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station
Philadelphia — Brandywine Realty Trust, Amtrak and Drexel University have selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors to develop a comprehensive master plan for the area around Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.
Planning will begin immediately. The goal is to develop a vision that locates the station at the epicenter of a dynamic, urban neighborhood that provides opportunities for community development, economic development and improved transportation connections.
A coordinating committee will guide the master planning process. Committee members include representatives from Amtrak, Drexel University, Brandywine Realty Trust, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, City of Philadelphia, New Jersey Transit, CSX Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Schuylkill River Development Corporation and University City District.
With master planning efforts currently being advanced in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York, Chicago, and now Philadelphia, Amtrak aims to turn congested and tired rail stations and their surroundings into thriving urban neighborhoods that appeal to the millennial and baby boomer generations. As these populations continue to flock to cities to live, work and play, they are demanding walk-able communities with vibrant arts and cultural institutions and access to transportation hubs such as 30th Street Station.
Drexel University and its partners are funding the Joint Master Plan. Drexel is also developing its Innovation Neighborhood project on 12 acres of its campus adjacent to 30th Street Station to attract and launch high-tech businesses seeking a rich research and commercialization environment with unmatched transit access.
The study area also includes parcels already being developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, including the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South.
Development of the master plan is expected to take approximately two years. Opportunities for public comment and involvement will be announced and advertised.
Mobile commerce solutions company Spindle teams up with Moolah
Spindle, a leading provider of mobile commerce solutions, has signed a strategic agreement with Moolah, an independent sales organization that serves thousands of merchants across the US.
Moolah will integrate Spindle’s merchant aggregation and payment processing infrastructure into its e-commerce and mobile offerings, enabling Moolah to offer instant merchant onboarding, increase merchant approval rates and allow those customers to begin accepting credit card payments in approximately 10 minutes.
Moolah delivers tablet POS, e-commerce and mobile payment processing services to a number of merchants, including restaurants, bars, mobile and online businesses and small brick-and-mortar customers. Moolah said that it plans to leverage Spindle’s streamlined onboarding process to quickly underwrite merchants, including companies that may not have been approved through traditional means.
"We’re excited to offer expedited boarding to Moolah, allowing them to accelerate acceptance rates for merchants, and rapidly expand their roster of active customers," said Bill Clark, CEO, Spindle. "We are committed to empowering ISOs to expand their base by onboarding merchants in a streamlined, time-efficient manner, and to supporting the growing reliance on mobile and ecommerce acceptance. Spindle will continue to offer innovations that enable ISOs and merchant services providers to deliver the latest capabilities that satisfy evolving consumer preferences."
"Spindle’s PSP platform adds powerful payment processing functionality to our existing suite of services, allowing us to become a more competitive entity," said Mark Rasmussen, managing partner at Moolah. "Spindle’s solution is complementary to the services we already provide, which allows us to seamlessly incorporate it into our payments ecosystem without disrupting our operation. This technology will enable us to serve more businesses, in a much more efficient and responsive manner."