Before it was a street, Aramingo Avenue was a canal. And before that, it was a well-known natural creek called Gunner’s Run, which marked the traditional northern border of Kensington.
Fed by streams that once branched back past the line of Broad Street, Gunner’s Run entered the Delaware River along a southeasterly curve that can still be seen in the line of Dyott Street today. It was named for a Swedish settler, Gunner Rambo. In the 19th Century, its northern banks were dominated by the Dyottsville Glassworks, and its southern banks by Kensington Water Works, two neighborhood landmarks obliterated by time.
Sources: Jackson, Joseph. The Encyclopedia of Philadelphia, 1926
Gunners Run salutes the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that made Philadelphia the economic engine that it was…and still is. Situated prominently on the Piazza in Northern Liberties, the restaurant is owned by regional concert promoter Bryan Dilworth, tattoo artist and Olde City Tattoo owner Jason Goldberg, and music booking agent Tim Borror.
Gunners Run is open every day from 3:30 PM til 2:00 AM, serving American food, artisan beers, hand-picked wines and other drinks. On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch is served from 11:00 AM til 3:30 PM. In warmer weather, enjoy the Piazza’s events — from ball games on the big screen, to flea markets, to concerts — from our outdoor courtyard, complete with BBQ grill.