The old Borders space at 2 Pennsylvania Plaza is getting a new food court with stalls from Marc Forgione, Mario Batali, Franklin Becker, Pat LaFrieda, and the Cinnamon Snail team. This new project, dubbed The Pennsy, is the brainchild of self-proclaimed "caterer to the stars" Mary Giuliani. She's working with Batali on a stand called Mario By Mary, which will serve seasonal soups and grilled Italian sandwiches. Marc Forgione will operate a stall called The Lobster Press, which will serve a sandwich version of his famed chili lobster dish, as well as bisque, seafood salad, and fresh-squeezed juice. Franklin Becker will open an iteration of his gluten-free hit The Little Beet. The team from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors will serve meatball subs, filet mignon sandwiches, and baguettes stuffed with mozzarella and chile oil aioli, and that stand will also offer pre-packaged burger meat and cuts of beef, to-go. And the operators of the Cinnamon Snail food truck will serve vegan sandwiches and other savory items.
The Pennsy will have a full bar and lounge seating, plus an outdoor dining area for when it's warm enough to eat outside. The second floor of the space will be available for events. The 8,000 square foot food court is slated to open to the public on January 7.