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JUNE 2, 2017 

VIEWPOINT

Send letters to the Philadelphia Business Journal
400 Market St., Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19106
philadelphia@bizjournals.com

The Business Journal welcomes letters to the editor

140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

TWEETING FOR FUN
AND PROFIT
DELL PONCET
tweets on some
things that catch
his eye each week.
Follow him
on Twitter at
@PHLBizDPoncet

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JONATHAN A. SEGAL writes about
the difficulty of dealing with death
and work. Go to pbj.com

for a city that undergoes continuous
expansion — wherever neighborhoods
and redevelopments go, so go the
services that feed the residents and
entice the tourists. But at each step
restaurants and hotels can be hit
with onerous taxes and businesskilling regulations that make it
harder to build and prosper. As
the city redevelops and builds new
communities, restaurants and hotels
require a unified voice to stand up for
the nearly 4,000 establishments that
not only shape the city into a foodie’s
ideal destination — but are the first
sign of renaissance in a struggling
community.
That’s why the Pennsylvania
Restaurant & Lodging Association
has launched Kitchen Cabinet PHL,
a coalition of Philadelphia’s diverse
restaurant and lodging industry.
We want to see this city continue to
thrive and will work together to do
our part. But, more importantly, we
want to work collaboratively with our
local leaders and decision-makers to
liberate the entrepreneurial spirit that
makes the city’s restaurant industry
so great. The restaurants and hotels in
the city want to grow, employ more
people and give more back to the
city they love — yet, at times, it seems
Philadelphia’s government sees our
industry as the bad guys — when we
are anything but.
The hospitality industry in
Pennsylvania is an economic
powerhouse whose reverberations
are felt in nearly every facet of the
economy. Its services boast $55 billion

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Go in the Union League 25 yrs ago
you’d think it was 1892. Now it
put money in an IoT startup. How
times change. http://bizj.us/1p707b

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Alan Butkovitz recently lost out on
continuing as City Controller. Now
voices are saying he might run for
mayor. http://bizj.us/1p6zz4

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he image of Philadelphia as a
culinary destination for residents and tourists alike is
well-seasoned: the salty soft pretzels,
the hoagies and, of course, the cheesesteaks with Whiz and peppers.
These iconic foods define our city
and serve as the appetizers to what is
quickly becoming the foodie capital
of the East Coast. Philadelphia’s rapid
growth and development over the last
decade has, in no small part, been
spurred by the exploding restaurant
industry.
In neighborhoods across our city,
such as Old City and Fishtown, new
restaurants are pulling in residents
and tourists, and stimulating the
local economy. Time and time
again the local restaurant industry
has demonstrated its ability to
invigorate neighborhoods and bring
communities together.
With this rapid growth, it is no
surprise that the local restaurant and
lodging industry has also seen an
increase in regulatory hurdles and a
target grow on its back. Whether it
is increasing government mandates,
the astronomically high beverage tax,
inability for businesses to renew or
even apply for permits in a timely
manner or other challenges, the city
must find a balance between smart
regulations and constraints that stunt
our economic development.
Philadelphia restaurants and
hotels are the economic frontline

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A little piece of Philadelphia color
and lore — all-night diner Little
Pete’s — serves its last scrapple.
http://bizj.us/1p6zmc

Guest Columnist

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Would u like to live virtually ON a
basketball court? Neither wld these
Queen Village folk. Uproar over
schoolyard. http://bizj.us/1p6zx1

BY JOHN LONGSTREET

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Meet the fun bunch 6/15 at the
Hard Rock Cafe. Bizmixer with us.
(BTW, some of us are not really fun
but …) Details: http://bizj.us/1p720g

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I remember when Whole Foods
was the cat’s meow. Now, it’s more
like the dog’s breakfast. What
gives? http://bizj.us/1p71s8

An advocate for Phila. eateries
ica

File under: Things I don’t
understand, No. 1,312 — People who
go to gyms.

GUEST COMMENTARY

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Snap! Crackle! Pop! is the sound of
#Kellogg ridding itself of hundreds
of workers. What the heck is
happening? http://bizj.us/1p71lu

in sales a year, directly employing
nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians
and spurring countless jobs in
construction, transportation and
more. We are part of Pennsylvania’s
success and we want to continue to
be part of the team at the state and
local level.
Philadelphia itself epitomizes
culinary excellence and creative
expansion, owning one of the highest
restaurant job growth rates in the
nation, and has proven time and
again to be a stalwart of success.
In fact, those cheesesteaks and
pretzels I mentioned earlier? They
bring in tens of millions of tourists
annually who pour nearly $40 billion
into the commonwealth’s economy.
We are fundamentally dedicated to
Philadelphia’s future; our members
are invested in every neighborhood
in every corner of the city. They are
the innovators whose creativity has
iconized the city, fueling economic
prosperity one meal at a time.
That is why Kitchen Cabinet PHL is
so vital to the future of Philadelphia.
When a united food service and
hotel industry actively partners with
decision-makers, they can champion
policies that enable, not handicap,
our great city.
Philadelphia’s restaurants and
hotels are too vital, create too many
jobs and bring in too much revenue
to be denied a seat at the table.
John Longstreet is president and CEO
of the Pennsylvania Restaurant &
Lodging Association.

AND LOSERS

PHILADELPHIA

The decision to relocate
police headquarters to 400 N.
Broad is a good one. The building and
location are excellent.

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TOURISM

About 42 million people visited
the region last year, a record
number and the seventh record year in a
row.

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PHILLIES

The disappointing boys in red
should be red-faced about the
poor way they are playing. The road to
rebuilding is long.


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