The challenge was to find something to to put into the first floor of the new building going in at 15th and Walnut which would, culinarily, physically or spiritually, mitigate the evil of the giant Center City Cheesecake Factory which will someday open on the building’s second floor.
Your responses ran the gamut from health clubs and gyms, to healthy smoothie joints and juice bars, to bariatric surgery centers, cardiac emergency units, liposuction clinics and an even bigger Cheesecake Factory.
But there was one answer that stood out as both useful AND a clever middle-finger to all Cheesecake Factories everywhere.
And the winner is...
...Frank the Tank, who came up with this:
L'Usine de Fromage: a restaurant that replicates every item from the Cheesecake Factory's menu with healthier ingredients, all sourced locally, and in smaller portions (and maybe twice as expensive, but that's beside the point...) "The bistro shrimp pasta features Louisiana gulf shrimp grilled and served over a bed of soba noodles, topped with black trumpet mushrooms and heirloom tomatoes."
Perfect, Frank. And for that, you win a pair of VIP tickets to this weekend's Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. Hope you have fun, and have a drink for us.
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