Sugar Factory chain to open Philadelphia restaurant with ‘insane milkshakes,’ celebrity-designed cocktails

Las Vegas restaurant chain Sugar Factory American Brasserie is taking over the former Porta space in Center City. 

Sugar Factory is known for over-the-top offerings like sliders with rainbow buns; “insane milkshakes” served in chocolate-covered mugs and decked out with sweets like candy necklaces, candy bars and cookies; and a 24-scoop King Kong Sundae topped with marshmallows, a glazed donut, a red velvet cupcake and more for $99. 

The 1216 Chestnut St. restaurant will open on Dec. 1 and is currently accepting reservations, according to the brand’s website. Sugar Factory did not respond to a request for comment. 

The 1216 Chestnut St. lot spans 6,110 square feet, according to Philadelphia property records. When the location was home to Porta, a pizza concept by Smith restaurant group, it connected with sister concept Brickwall Tavern to occupy more than 20,000 square feet at 1214-16 Chestnut St. Both concepts shuttered last year during the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic.

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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