Gran Caffe L’Aquila Is Indeed Grand

gelato-gran-caffe-laquilla-940Gran Caffe L’Aquila opened a week ago at 1716 Chestnut Street. The bi-level space is open from morning to night, offering Italian coffee, pastries, gelato, panini, wine and more. The restaurant shares more than just the name with the Abruzzo Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Local restaurateur Riccardo Longo has brought in World Cup of Gelato winner Stefano Biasini and Michele Morelli in on the project. They ran the Gran Caffe in L’Aquila, Italy, that was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 2009.

Upon entering the downstairs space you’re greeted with a gelato counter with 24 flavors. Beyond that is a coffee and pastries bar, followed by a panini case. Next to those options are the drinks and the cashier. In the back is an Italian-style (no seats) bar for enjoying wine and a bite. The opposite wall offers seating in two-and-four-tops.

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Bars Used to Be Closed on Election Day in Pennsylvania

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It’s election day! You should be elated to have the freedom to vote today — and then to head to the bars afterward. It’s not a right you’ve always had in Pennsylvania.

All bars were closed in Pennsylvania on election day until 1973. That’s when an exemption was granted to bars that make 30 percent of their revenues from food and nonalcoholic beverages. Bars below that percentage had to close on voting days until 2001, when the state’s liquor laws were changed.

It wasn’t just Pennsylvania. A report by the federal government’s 1971 National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse said most states prohibited alcohol sales on election day, at least in part. A 1906 report of the Pennsylvania Bar Association said retail and wholesale liquor sellers must be closed between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on election day in the state.

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Bobby Flay Customer Ordered $3,750 Wine, Says He Thought It Cost $37.50

Photo by Victor Fiorillo

Photo by Victor Fiorillo

It’s easy to drop a lot of money at the Borgata, and not just at the blackjack table. The Borgata’s restaurants, which feature celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, flaunt prices as high as many of their customers. But one recent diner seems to have been a bit more shocked than most when he got the check. Read more »

Wine Lovers, Rejoice: Four New Run the Vineyards Race Locations to Debut in 2015

Photo via Good Day for a Run

Photo via Good Day for a Run

I come bearing exciting news, folks. Remember a few weeks ago, when we told you guys that registration for next year’s Run the Vineyards 5-Miler in Mullica Hill, New Jersey was open? Well, this morning we got word that four more vineyards have been added to the Run the Vineyards 2015 race schedule. Meaning: More free wine for us all!

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Coffee and Booze Makes a Happier Happy Hour

La-Colombe-Happy-HourLa Colombe’s big and beautiful cafe in Fishtown has a happy hour where La Colombe rum drinks, all the draft beer and select wines are half price.

Currently on draft is Conshohocken Brewing Co.’s La Colombe Tandem, a Belgian-style coffee ale and a version of Yards Brewing’s Love Stout with Corsica coffee from La Colombe.

Happy hour at La Colombe is available Monday to Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]

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