Last Piazza at Schmidt’s Killer Gets 20-40 Years

Ceasar Holloway, the apparent “mastermind” of the infamous double murder that christened the Piazza at Schmidt’s in 2009, has been sentenced to 20-40 years in prison for third-degree murder, among other charges.

After almost a year as a fugitive, Holloway was the last of eight people arrested in the June 2009 botched holdup that ended in the shootings of party planner [Rian] Thal, 34, and Timothy Gilmore, 40, a friend and long-distance trucker from Ohio…Holloway was not one of the three gunmen who killed Thal and Gilmore in the hallway outside her seventh-floor apartment. At trial, he was called the right-hand man of Will “Pooh” Hook.”

Hook was one of the three gunmen found guilty of first-degree December, 2011. [Inquirer]

Mr. Quotable: Top 20 Things Bart Blatstein Said Last Night at the Salon

bart blatsteinHe was something between an inspiring commencement speaker and a Catskills comedian. Developer Bart Blatstein sat down with Philly Mag Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath yesterday at the Barnes Museum to talk about development, casinos and other issues pertaining to the future of the city. It was a ThinkFest Salon, an event meant to keep the conversation going until the next ThinkFest in the fall.

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What Food Do You Want at the Piazza’s Brooklyn Flea Philly?

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Over on the Philly Post, I just broke the news that Brooklyn Flea Philly will debut at the Piazza in June, meaning Smorgasburg Fishtown can’t be far off. Brooklyn Flea co-founder Jonathan Butler was mum on details about what Philly food favorites we’ll find at Brooklyn Flea Philly, but he did tell me that Brooklyn Flea staples Red Hook Lobster Pound and Grady’s Cold Brew have signed on.

Here’s my wish list for Brooklyn Flea Philly:

1. HyBird, the Questlove/Stephen Starr collaboration.
2. Pete McAndrews with a whole roasted pig, a very sharp knife, and some good bread.
3. The Marc Vetri Mobile Pizzeria.
4. Scott Schroeder making sardine sandwiches.
5. Lil Pop Shop.

What do you want to see at the Brooklyn Flea Philly?

[Photo courtesy The Piazza at Schmidts]

Cupcake Smash Coming to the Piazza

Who doesn’t want to taste cupcakes for a good cause?

Hunger relief organization Philabundance is teaming up with PYT and the Piazza to hold the second annual Cupcake Smash from 1pm-5pm on Saturday, April 28. The event aims to raise money for those in need of food in the Delaware Valley. Professional and amateur bakers will be competing for the best PYT-themed cupcake (voted on by celebrity judges), and for the “People’s Choice” award (voted on by the people, of course).

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