Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, the two young black men arrested at the 18th and Spruce Starbucks on April 12, have reached settlements with both the City of Philadelphia and with Starbucks. The latter was described as including an undisclosed "financial settlement," along with continued listening. Details about the arrangement with the city are more concrete. The agreement awards the men a symbolic payment of $1, but also includes a pledge by the city to develop and fund a $200,000 scholarship for Philly public school students interested in entrepreneurship. “We thought long and hard about it,” Robinson told the AP, “and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see.”
The culinary empire of chef Jose Garces, which ballooned over the past decade to include as many as 30 restaurants around the country, appears to be in tatters. He has signed off on an agreement to sell Garces Group to Ballard Brands, which owns PJ's Coffee, per the latest in the detailed reporting from Michael Klein and Craig McCoy at PMN, and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. However, Garces' partners in his early restaurants, Amada, Tinto and Village Whiskey, are trying to block these moves in court, claiming the Iron Chef mismanaged his businesses and is trying to cheat them out of agreed-upon financial returns. Meanwhile, Garces insists operations at his dozen or so restaurants and catering division will continue as normal. He's expected to speak with his 750-person staff this morning.
In this city, warm weather means block parties. And tons of them. Philly is pretty much block party capital of America, with more of the gatherings each year than New York, D.C., Chicago, Boston or L.A. The city’s process for scheduling one isn’t too heavy a lift, but it does take some planning, since it requires an application and a few other advance actions (including getting the signatures of 75 percent of your neighbors). Here’s a rundown of everything you’ll need to host your own — from permit to dumpster pool.
There's lots going on right now for Philly sports fans to pay attention to, from the Phillies snapping their slide with a 6-0 win behind pitcher Aaron Nola yesterday, to the Sixers prepping for a playoff comeback in Game 2 against the Celtics tonight. (Of note, the Phillies TV ratings are actually down a bit percent versus last season, while the Sixers' ratings are up a whopping 31 percent, per PMN.) There's Eagles news to thinks about too, thanks to the teams's second-round draft pick, Dallas Goedart. When asked, Goedart had never heard of Eagles legend Pete Retzlaff — but the receivers' similar backgrounds are undeniable.
The part of Callowhill being branded at the Spring Arts District is changing quickly. Jane's Walk Philadelphia is hosting a free public tour of the neighborhood, pointing out progress on the renovations of the area's many industrial buildings.
Where: 990 Spring Garden at 990 Spring Garden St., 19123
When: May 4, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free