Yesterday, L&I announced engineers will be able to save the historic cast iron facade of 239 Chestnut St.'s first floor after the catastrophic Old City fire. But cleanup is progressing very slowly — ATF agents are carefully inspecting everything to determine whether the blaze was caused by arson — and it's anathema to restaurants on the block. Neapolitan pizzeria Capofitto is struggling to reopen as soon as possible, and hoping this lack of business doesn't drag down the entire Capogiro gelato enterprise with it. Meanwhile, the Little Lion has given up hope of reopening before April.
Comcast is under fire for allowing a culture of sexual harassment at its many call centers around the nation. In a big expose by Jezebel last week, half a dozen women came forward to discuss repeated offensive behavior and lack of any corporate response to ameliorate the situation. Asked for comment, the Philadelphia-based company gave a boilerplate statement about taking harassment seriously. One of the former employees has started a petition to demand Comcast institute corrective action, now.
Taxes aren't due for another month and a half, but when you're an independent artist, filing can be complicated enough that now's the time to start getting ready. Last week, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia and the Leeway Foundation hosted the second of three sessions packed with tips on best practices. Billy Penn attended and took notes so we could pass on some of the quick wisdom. The third session is already sold out, but it will be livestreamed.
Oscar's Tavern was reopen and serving a full food menu by Thursday afternoon, after a forced 48-hour hiatus caused by violations during a health inspection. Why'd the inspection happen in the first place? Because the Center City dive bar's front door was propped open. That's apparently enough to inspire a Health Dept. sanitarian to stop in for a surprise visit. Per the city's health code, there's supposed to be a screen or "air curtain" of some sort in place. So what about all the other restaurants that open their doors?
- On Friday, Michaela traveled to Washington D.C. to attend a summit about best practices in reporting on the opioid crisis, which should be super useful as she continues her great work on the topic.
- In Philly, Danya sampled the first canned beer offering from Northern Liberties brewpub Urban Village. It's called Wrong Way IPA (after the U-Haul that smashed through the brewery's facade last year), and it's a hazy, juicy and bright ale.
- We still need people to apply for the Report for America grant that'll allow us to share a Harrisburg reporter with our Pittsburgh sister site, The Incline (do it here).
- Also, if you value important stuff like this "LeBron James rising over the Philly skyline" GIF, consider becoming a member here. Thanks in advance, your contributions are key!
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All-volunteer nonprofit PhilaSoup is hosting one of its benefits to help fund teacher-led innovative classroom projects, and this one's a cozy winter brunch. Sip soup, share school stories, develop self-care plans and learn about three new initiatives that need help getting off the ground.
Where: Maas Building at 1325 N. Randolph St., 19122
When: February 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: $15 or $25 for two
Russian River Brewing's triple IPA called Pliny the Younger is one of the most sought-after beers in the entire world. Released once a year, there are only a select few kegs shipped out to Philly. Monk's Cafe will tap the first in the region as anchor to a day serving rare brews. All proceeds from the entire day go toward Alex's Lemonade Stand. Cash only.
Where: Monk's Cafe at 264 S. 16th St., 19102
When: February 25, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Nafisa's Kitchen is a West African restaurant that was founded by two sisters, Nafisa and Fatmatta. They'll lead a class that first teaches some Mandingo words, and then leads you through cooking two traditional dishes: broken dry rice and banana bread. The event is hands on, prepare to get messy.
Where: Nafisa's Kitchen at 5629 Chester Ave., 19143
When: February 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
How much: $15-$20