Philadelphia Water Department

Center City's Time Reopens One Month After Water Main Break

“I’m just looking forward to having the people back in here.”

After a nearly one month closure, the restaurant and bar Time reopened its doors Wednesday.

Time was forced to close down after a July 3 water main break near Sansom and Juniper streets. Millions of gallons of water flooded into Center City and dozens of businesses had to close as a result of damage. At the time of the break, the Philadelphia Water Department said it could take months for the affected areas to get back to normal.

“We had about five and a half feet of water and it sat there for five, six, maybe seven hours,” Jason Evenchik, Time’s owner, said.

Time’s electrical and refrigeration systems were completely destroyed as were its floors, Evenchik said.

The restaurants employees came together to help rebuild after the damage.

“If people have been off [work] they’ve been pitching in, helping out, cleaning, painting,” Evenchik said. “It was a good team building exercise.”

For now, the restaurant will offer a limited bar menu until they are fully up and running again. No draft beer will be served until the draft lines are completely repaired.

Evenchik is just happy to have people back in his bar.

“It’s a great mix of people in this bar and restaurant every night,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to having the people back in here.”

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