Ambler BBQ master Chad Rosenthal just made a huge philosophical upgrade to his forthcoming Philly restaurant. When The Lucky Well opens this summer in the Spring Arts building, it'll have an attached commissary staffed almost entirely by Philadelphians experiencing poverty or homelessness. There's lots of logistics to navigate, but Rosenthal is planning to work with organizations like Covenant House and Project HOME to make the idea successful. First, though, he needs to raise funds to pay for the additional costs — including, potentially, SEPTA cards, shoes and clothes for the less fortunate employees. To help make the project a reality, donate to the Kickstarter here.
The hottest item in Philly right now is not tickets to the Eagles NFC Championship Game (although they will definitely disappear fast when they go on sale at 10 a.m. today). It’s dog masks. There's also a new dog mask t-shirt you can buy that helps Philly schools. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson just introduced the $18 shirt, which features a photo of him and defensive end Chris Long in their dog masks last weekend, as part of his LJ65 clothing line. All proceeds go directly to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. Support the team, support the schools, win-win — hopefully leading to a win this Sunday.
Philly will always have a great beer landscape, but recently there’s been lots going on beyond brew. Healthy booze infusions, for instance, or Lambrusco, which is threatening to become so popular it's almost like the new rosé. From this wine that's ditching its Riunite-tainted past to simpler mixed drinks to cocktails without any alcohol at all, here are eight trends to watch develop in the local drink scene for 2018.
Hard to believe, but it was only one year ago that Philly Mayor Jim Kenney caused a change in policy with an amusing tweet. The missive, sent from his personal @JimFKenney account, was about the Rittenhouse Square wall-sitting ban. "Sit where you want," the mayor said, adding in a followup tweet the plea to please not "smoke weed so obviously that you scare olds my age." A few days after those tweets, the ban was rescinded. Soon after, Kenney stopped using his personal account — the last tweet sent was Jan. 18, 2017 — and switched to a more official tone on @PhillyMayor. RIP Twitter fun.
In the words of the brewery founders: "Science tells us that board games, good company, and beer can raise your body temperature and help you effectively fight the cold. Its true. I saw it on BuzzFeed." Expect more games than you knew existed, which you can join for free.
Where: Evil Genius Beer Co. at 1727 N. Front St., 19122
When: January 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free games (PAYG food and drink)