You might have noticed that Boccella’s, a diner between 5th and 6th Avenues on Fayette Street, closed its doors on Monday. Boccella’s had been opened since the 1970’s and was owned by former Mayor and Borough Council President John Boccella, who passed away in 2007. Since his passing his family has operated the diner.
Moving into the space will be an expanded version of On the Roll, which is Boccella’s next door neighbor. Mike Oraschewsky, owner of On the Roll, is partnering with Tim Mulvey, and together are planning a cafe/coffee house that will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Oraschewsky will handle the food and Mulvey will handle the management and marketing. The menu will consist of gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads, basically the best of everything from On the Roll, plus pastries, baked goods and coffee.
The deal was brokered by Gary DeMedio of DeMedio-Keystone Realty Group. DeMedio, who is an active participant on the Conshohocken Business Development Commission, attributed the development of the cafe/coffee house concept from discussions within the commission and responses to a survey about what type of businesses were desired for Fayette Street.
They are currently doing some light construction and hope to open within three weeks. They also plan to have the new name for the restaurant by the end of today (I will post it when I get it). On the Roll will close once the new restaurant opens.
Several people have told me that Starbucks has looked at a couple locations in downtown. I was also told that they did this a couple years ago and determined a Starbucks wouldn’t work in downtown Conshy (mostly due to the inability to park and get in and out quickly). Whether they are taking a new look or if its just speculation I do not know, but I keep hearing it.