Cottman Beverages is back in business

Call it a comeback: May­fair busi­ness­man Ed Lloyd was the first cus­tom­er after Cottman Bever­ages cut a ce­re­mo­ni­al rib­bon for its of­fi­cial grand re­open­ing on Ju­ly 3. From left, co-own­er Vik Brahm, Ban­corp Bank first vice pres­id­ent Eric Ru­bin, state Rep. Brendan Boyle, co-own­er Arvind Pa­tel and Lloyd. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

Cottman Bever­ages has been serving the May­fair area, neigh­bors say, since the late 1960s, though there was a re­cent three-year hi­atus.

The big build­ing at 7544 Frank­ford Ave., at Chip­pend­ale Av­en­ue, had been va­cant since 2010, when the Ban­corp Bank fore­closed on the pre­vi­ous own­er.

New own­ers Vik Brahm and Arvind Pa­tel held an of­fi­cial grand open­ing cel­eb­ra­tion on Ju­ly 3.

“A staple of the neigh­bor­hood has re­opened,” Brahm said.

State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) at­ten­ded the rib­bon-cut­ting ce­re­mony. The rest of the hol­i­day week­end in­cluded free beer samplings and an ap­pear­ance by the “Lein­en­ku­gel Girls,” of the Wis­con­sin-based Jac­ob Lein­en­ku­gel Brew­ing Co.

Help­ing to cut the rib­bon was Ed Lloyd, own­er of the nearby Lloyd Six­smith Sport­ing Goods store. He was of­fi­cially the first cus­tom­er, buy­ing a case of beer for each of his em­ploy­ees on the eve of the Ju­ly 4 hol­i­day.

Brahm and Pa­tel made ex­tens­ive renov­a­tions, in­clud­ing put­ting in a new roof, to im­prove the prop­erty.

“It used to be a dark pit. I can’t be­lieve how dif­fer­ent it looks,” said Eric Ru­bin, first vice pres­id­ent of Ban­corp Bank.

The biggest change to the busi­ness, which is open sev­en days a week, is that cus­tom­ers can no longer drive through to make pur­chases. In­stead, free street park­ing is avail­able on Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

The own­ers want cus­tom­ers to be able to walk in to check out the se­lec­tion of beer, which in­cludes craft beers and non-al­co­hol­ic beers, without hav­ing to worry about cars en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the site. They also say that the change makes for a neat­er and clean­er ap­pear­ance. Oth­er items for sale in­clude kegs, wa­ter, soda, ci­gar­ettes, ice, cool­ers, snacks and limes and lem­ons. A Pennsylvania Lot­tery ma­chine will be in place soon.

Cus­tom­ers can also write get well wishes on a card­board cutout of former Phil­lies catch­er Dar­ren Daulton, who un­der­went sur­gery earli­er this month at Thomas Jef­fer­son Uni­versity Hos­pit­al to re­move two brain tu­mors. He faces treat­ment after be­ing dia­gnosed with brain can­cer.

The en­tire prop­erty is not be­ing used for a beer dis­trib­ut­or. There’s an of­fice space avail­able at Frank­ford and Chip­pend­ale, along with a three-bed­room apart­ment up­stairs. ••

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