Yesterday we wrote about IBEW Local 98, the electricians’ union, protesting in front of developer Ken Weinstein’s Trolley Car Diner — where, Weinstein alleges, flyers with his photograph and cell phone number were distributed. That may be bad form, and an invasion of privacy, but it’s run-of-the-mill kind of stuff from Philly unions. As far as we know, distributing the phone number is not illegal.
But the protests themselves are more open to question. Weinstein is the developer of a preservation/restoration project at 6000 Wayne Avenue, which — just to be clear — is not the address of the Trolley Car Diner. The building at that location, like many that Weinstein develops, is vacant but historical, with a Frank Furness pedigree. Weinstein is planning to turn that building into a school, and he has hired a general contractor from the area, McCoubrey/Overholser, to do the construction and to hire subcontractors to do specialized work, like the electrical.
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Tom Drinker’s West will be the name of the 250-seat pizzeria and pub from Avram Hornik (Drnker’sPub, Drinker’s Tavern, Lucy’s Hat Shop) set for University City this month.Â Elsewhere in UCity, Sang Kee is also hoping to open this month, City Tap House is aiming for after Christmas and Landmark Americana on Drexel’s campus is targeting February. [The Insider]
The New York Times profiles Bart Blatstein and the Piazza at Schmidt’s. Most notable, Blatstein owns the liquor licenses and can evict tenants for the sin of being un-cool. [New York Times via Grub Street]
Martha Stewart dined at Pod and made her own chopstick rests. [The Martha Blog via The Illadelph]
Friday Saturday Sunday has had a wonderful $10 above cost wine list for some time. Now they’re dropping any corkage fee so diners can BYO without charge. [The Insider]
Keith Taylor’s Holy Smoke in Roxborough will be opening outlets in Quakertown and Mt. Laurel. [Gluten Free Philadelphia]
Cuong Truong, an owner of Pho Ha at 6th and Washington is looking to open a two-story noodle house and smokeless barbecue at 216-18 South Street sometime next year. [Grub Street]
A second Trolley Car Diner location is set to break ground this week. Ken Weinstein is opening this one at the “Bathey House” near Kelly Drive in East Falls. [Meal Ticket]
World Cafe Live has a new chef, Michael Breslin who will be showing off his stuff at a Victory beer dinner on Tuesday, November 17th. [Beer Lass]