Newsletter for Sunday, October 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Good job Philly: We successfully served the world’s largest cheesesteak; photo via @zporges on Instagram
FROM VEGANS WHO EAT FISH TO GLASSWARE DEEP-THROATERS: 19 PHILLY RESTAURANT HORROR STORIES
It was probably Walt Disney who expressed the conundrum best: “The customer is not always right, but they are always the customer.” Chefs and restaurateurs very rarely call out bad behavior, because it just doesn’t make sense to alienate potential sources of future income. That doesn’t mean they don’t save up horror stories to share with one another behind the scenes. Billy Penn traded promises of anonymity for the chance to publish some of the funniest. If you’re in the biz, you’ll nod your head and laugh (or cringe) knowingly. If you’re not, maybe consider this a lesson in what not to do.
L&I FLAUNTING NEW REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE AFTER MARKET STREET COLLAPSE
Last week, the contractor in charge of the botched 2013 demolition that killed six people at 23rd and Market was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but there were no repercussions for L&I inspectors who failed to stop the flawed procedures that led to the collapse in the first place — except for a new set of stricter guidelines. An in-depth Inquirer investigation shows the new guidelines were not followed in 80 percent of private demos performed since the beginning of this year. Permits were issued without initial inspections. Computer records were falsified. Not a single site photo — required by new regulations — was found in the L&I database. Were inspectors just being lazy, or were they taking bribes, as sources have suggested to Billy Penn? A local safety coordinator told the Inquirer, “If this occurred in any other city, legal action would have taken place.”
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM THE ‘LIGHTS OUT’ PUNCH OF A GIANTS FAN TO ‘AM I WRONG?’ ABOUT BIDEN
It seemed like perhaps the most Philly thing ever: On Thursday, a DeLorean was ticketed outside of Time on “Back to the Future” Day. But, surprise, the ticket might never have been issued. And in another surprise: A Philadelphia congressman reported that Joe Biden would run for President. The prediction didn’t turn out so well. Billy Penn recaps all of these stories and more from the week and combines them with music as part of the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
Tree Philly is bringing together a bunch of experts from Philly Parks & Rec, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the US Forest Service and more to talk about urban forestry, the city's historic trees, and how you can get involved with planting more. Retire to nearby Yards afterwards for beer and tomato pie.
Where: Penn Treaty Park at 1341 N. Delaware Ave.
When: October 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free talk, $5 for beer + tomato pie
The Free Library has seven special collections of rare books, in topics ranging from autos to theater to maps to music. Attend a free show and tell by the curators with light refreshments.
Where: Parkway Central Library, 4th Floor at 1901 Vine St.
When: October 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
This quirky combo of fresh fruits and vegetables, local cheese and honey, cookbooks and crafts and the occasional showing of Federal Donuts or Spot Burgers will pop up on the streets of Old City for the last time until next spring.
Where: Church Street at between 2nd & 3rd streets
When: October 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
It's been a year since George and Jennifer Sabatino and transformed the second floor space at 19th and Chestnut from a place to get sloshed doing shots into a totally unique restaurant. They're celebrating with an unlimited $35 buffet with a suckling pig followed by a late-night happy hour at 10 PM. Dress in your best costume to get in the mood.
Where: Aldine at 1901 Chestnut St.
When: October 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $35
If you haven't dug into soft, seeded squash and come up with a piece of art this season yet, here's the perfect chance. A Fleisher faculty member will be on hand to provide supplies and advice. Bring the kids; there will be beer from Flying Fish to make things even more fun.
Where: Fleisher Art Memorial at 719 Catharine St.
When: October 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration