Renewed concerns over Saints & Sinners

An event being promoted at the former Rosewood Caterers is causing concern among Upper Holmesburg residents.

Tom Sherwood, a real estate developer involved in the adult entertainment business, bought Rosewood Caterers in 2016. PHOTO: THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY / ANTHONY SMEDILE

There are revived fears that a Frankford Avenue catering hall could be turned into a sex club for swingers.

Saints & Sinners’ website is promoting a Halloween party this Saturday at the former Rosewood Caterers, 8832 Frankford Ave., Upper Holmesburg Civic Association President Stan Cywinski told residents at the group’s meeting on Thursday.

“They’re up and at it again,” Cywinski said.

The online event listing says the grand opening of “Tom’s Loft 2” will coincide with the “Monsters Among Us Halloween Party.” Tickets cost $100 for couples, $10 for single women and single men will be denied entry.

A costume competition will be held, with prizes being awarded courtesy of Kasidie, an online swingers community, according to the website. The party is scheduled to run from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The description doesn’t get too explicit, but it throws hints: “It’s going to be the sandbox of your dreams where you can play… as adults!!” 

Attempts to call and email the party’s organizers through contact information listed on the event page were unsuccessful.

As previously reported by the Northeast Times, Tom Sherwood, a real estate developer involved in the adult entertainment business, bought the Rosewood in 2016. After rumors emerged of a possible swingers club, hundreds showed up to an UHCA meeting to oppose the idea.

Sherwood’s Saints & Sinners operates two private clubs in Port Richmond and Atlantic City. The establishment boasts that it holds the “sexiest and largest on-premise couples parties on the East Coast.”

In 2017, Sherwood said he was planning to use the Frankford Avenue property as a “charity catering hall.”

Sherwood could not be reached for comment.

Cywinski said a swingers party would not be legal at the site. He has alerted Councilman Bobby Henon and the Department of Licenses and Inspections about the situation. Cywinski works as an aide in Henon’s office. 

NewCourtland update

Construction is well underway at the former Liddonfield Homes site. NewCourtland is building a Living Independently For Elders, or LIFE, center as the first phase of a project that will also include senior housing and athletic fields for Holy Family University.

Representatives from NewCourtland are expected to attend UHCA’s next meeting and provide an update on the project.

Other notes

Residents at the meeting reported seeing Spotted Lanternflies throughout the neighborhood. Cywinski said he has killed more than 100 on a single tree in his yard over the last several weeks, and one woman said the flies appear to have killed one of her trees.

Spotted Lanternflies, an invasive insect native to parts of Asia, pose a threat to certain crops and damage trees. 

Cywinski urged residents who haven’t done so already to sign up for the pipe insurance program offered by American Water Resources as part of an agreement with the Philadelphia Energy Authority. After one neighbor expressed skepticism, Cywinski said the company has been “bending over backwards” to honor the protection plan.

The civic association recently received a $2,500 grant from Henon’s office.

The UHCA’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave. ••