Philadelphia, May 26, 2011 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the grand opening of Cosmic Café at Fairmount Park’s Lloyd Hall today. Lloyd Hall, #1 Boathouse Row, is a multi-use recreation facility operated by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Executive Chef and owner of Cosmic Catering, Peg Botto, has committed to using seasonal, organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Outdoor seating on the deck and patio offers patrons of Cosmic Café a scenic view of the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row.
“It is a testament to the innovative work of Parks and Recreation Department staff that we now have seven locations within our park system where visitors can get nutritious, delectable meals and snacks” said Mayor Nutter. “It is an added bonus when the proprietor, in this case Chef Botto, is a leader in the sustainable business and food movement.”
This café is another example of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s commitment to providing first class amenities to its visitors. Cosmic Café is one of seven eateries located within the city’s park system. The café will provide wholesome meals and snacks to thousands of visitors to Kelly Drive. Cosmic Catering was chosen through a competitive proposal process and will also cater for Lloyd Hall.
“Facilities like Cosmic Café at Lloyd Hall are helping to turn our already dynamic park system into the most visitor-friendly urban park in America,” said Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis.
Additional cafés and restaurants supported by the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation:
Trolley Car Café at the Bathey
Centennial Café at Ohio House
Cedars House Café
Valley Green Inn
Water Works Restaurant
About Lloyd Hall
Lloyd Hall has a dual role as a community recreation center and a public boathouse for the City of Philadelphia. It is located at #1 Boathouse Row on Kelly Drive. Built by the Fairmount Park Commission and completed in 1998, Lloyd Hall is a hub of activity on any given day.
The recreation center is used by many local groups, including the Fairmount Sports Association for league sports, free-play basketball and volleyball. During large events the outdoor patios can accommodate up to 200 people. Lloyd Hall is a Fairmount Park property operated by the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.