Evening beacon in Rittenhouse Square (Instagram/@therowhousecity)

What Korshak’s closure means for Philly’s indie cafe union

Korshak Bagels’ shutdown was a blow to the city’s burgeoning union effort at independent cafes. The South Philly shop was the only place so far with a ratified contract; owner Phil Korshak told Billy Penn he thought the unionization movement was “really beautiful and really great.”

But workers were dismayed when coverage of the closure implicitly blamed the union for what happened, Jordan Levy reports — and say they’re pushing full steam ahead at other locations. Continue reading...

Philip Korshak holds up a bagel in one of his signature social media posts. (Instagram/@korshak.bagels.poetry)

Kimchi Fest takes over Love Park with fun for all ages

The second annual Kimchi Festival returns to Love Park on Saturday with a daylong lineup of cooking demos, traditional Korean folk games, and live performances, including a K-pop show. Along with the fun, it’s part of an effort to get Pennsylvania to recognize National Kimchi Day, Ali Mohsen reports.

Over 1,500 people attended Kimchi Fest last year, and this weekend organizers are hoping for more. Continue reading… 

Over 1,500 people attend Philly’s inaugural Kimchi Festival in Love Park in 2022. (Korean Cultural Foundation)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• The DA is asking for $5 million bail for the 27-year-old Philly biker who faces aggravated assault and other charges for stomping through a mom’s windshield, pointing a gun at her, and headbutting her, as seen in the viral video. [NBC10]

• Parents staged a mini-protest over the Philadelphia School District’s controversial practice of “leveling,” the annual switcheroo that happens a month into the school year and sees teachers swapped from class to class. [Chalkbeat/BP 2022]

• A construction site generator exploded in Manayunk, sending six workers to the hospital in critical conditions. The Philly Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause. [6ABC/@PhillyFireDept]

• Been to 30th Street Station lately? The 50-foot windows that illuminate the grand hall are covered in a colorful design by local artist Adam Crawford as part of a broader “Art at Amtrak” initiative. [WHYY]

• Sushi Suite is a new high-end omakase tasting room in Fishtown, from an NYC restaurant group that partnered locally with Glu Hospitality. [Eater]

• Bring on the Braves! The Phillies took out the Miami Marlins 7-1 last night, which means they advance to the National League Division Series. Games kick off in Atlanta on Saturday. [MLB/NBC Sports Philly] 


Mayor Kenney joins city officials and other leaders at City Hall for a celebration recognizing people who volunteer to serve on various city advisory commissions (6 p.m.).


💡 Chestnut Hill’s commercial corridor transforms into a local history exhibit during the free Night of Lights, with activities and celebrations at stores and restaurants. (6:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6) 

🚶🏿 Walk in the footsteps of “Father of the Underground Railroad” William Still during the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s free 3.5-mile guided hike. Pick up a $15 ticket to join a post-hike convo over lunch. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7) 

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