Independence Wasn’t Paying Rent

Even as we salivate looking forward to pizzas and beer in West Philadelphia, Center City’s Independence Brew Pub closes its doors for good. Dan Gross has some more details on why it happened.

Frank Keel, spokesman for the Redevelopment Authority, which owns the building, says Independence Brew Pub, and its parent company, GS Capital LP of Wayne, were “severely delinquent on rent,” owing about $800,000. The company made “intermittent payments,” which explains why it hadn’t been closed sooner. The rent dispute dates back nearly five years, Keel says.

Popular pub goes dark for good [Philadelphia Daily News]