Ida Mae’s Bruncherie, one of the first in Fishtown’s new restaurant wave, will close for good following Labor Day weekend, after 10 years in business. Proprietor Mary Kate Ralston confirmed the news Tuesday morning to Billy Penn, pointing to an empty dining room, an all-too-familiar sight on weekdays these last couple years. “That’s why we’re closing,” she said. Read how Ida Mae's helped usher in a new era for the Fishtown restaurant scene and what Ralston plans to do next.
Faith Bartley has been off parole since 2005 and still struggles to find housing. She often feels trapped in the North Philadelphia neighborhood where she first started dealing drugs. As Philadelphia becomes more reentry-friendly for people returning from prison, there's still a lack of options and opportunity, particularly for women. This is where Bartley says she wants to focus her efforts — on asking women coming home, "What do you need to thrive back in your community?"
Every month we rank the Phillies home games in order of what's the best giveaway or promotion to bribe fans to show up to watch mostly bad baseball. And while Stitch n' Pitch night sounds like a hoot, this month we focus our attention on Alumni Weekend. Originally it was supposed to be all about Pete Rose, but the Phillies put the kibosh on that last week. But now, after Darren Daulton lost his four-year fight with brain cancer, this weekend is going to be all about Dutch. Here's a look at what to expect this weekend, and all the giveaways and theme nights this month down at CBP.
Don’t let the modern condos and apartments squeezed in the middle of Fishtown’s row houses fool you. The neighborhood’s housing growth is not nearly as strong as people might expect. According to a new study from economist Issi Romem of BuildZoom that was originally completed for The Wall Street Journal, the 19125 ZIP code ranked as the third-most difficult market for building in the entire country. Here's why not as many new homes are available in the neighborhood as one might expect.
Second District Brewing chef (and Billy Penn Who's Nexter) Doreen DeMarco is teaming up with her twin brother — chef and proprietor at Hobbs Coffee in Swarthmore — for a fried chicken pop-up. The indoor food cart will serve Southern-style chicken and waffles — cornbread base, sweet tea-brined birds, jalapeno honey butter and pickled green tomatoes.
Where: Garage Fishtown at 100 E. Girard Ave.
When: August 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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"State reps, senators — we have cost of living adjustments no matter how crappy we are at our jobs. We still get an automatic pay raise. Let’s make it fair for everybody." That's Pa. Rep. Patty Kim of Dauphin County talking about why she wants to raise minimum wage. Kim keeps introducing legislation to pay workers in PA more than $7.25 an hour, and she says she won't stop. Billy Penn spoke with her and fellow "raise the wage" champion Councilwoman Helen Gym about why they want to pay workers more and the myths they're trying to dispel about wage increases.
Steven Mavros is trying to educate America on how to talk about infertility, and he’s doing so by letting couples tell their stories on a new podcast, including a live taping and launch party you can go to in Northern Liberties tonight. He’s also been busy with opening up a new office for his acupuncture work and this fall he'll be organizing an art exhibit in Old City called the Art of Infertility. He joined us for a Who's Next Catch Up Q&A, part of our recurring Who's Next series, presented by the Knight Foundation.