Address: 116 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
Two years ago, Dia Sawan started toying with the notion of a club like no other he'd ever seen.
The owner of Byblos along Philadelphia's formidable Rittenhouse Row whose family formed a dynasty of the area's best Mediterranean restaurants (Cedars, Fez) had already made his hookah lounge and restaurant a sensation before that trend commenced.
Why not try to strike lightening twice.
That's why two years later, there's Vango Lounge & Sky Bar at 116 S. 18th Street - the boldest of Philadelphia's restaurant lounges starring some of the best names in the food and DJ business.
If the address seems familiar to Sawan watchers, it should: his intimate Byblos is below Vango at the same address.
But from its massive oak doors and portal windows below to its dramatic roof deck view of the city above, no one will ever confuse the two. That's just the start.
At somewhere around 8,000 square feet, Vango is as massive a space as it was an undertaking to get just the right custom made elements from around the world to fill the big rooms. "That's why it took so long," says Sawan. "Eve..