Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
CCRA Updates this week

Earlier this week the Executive Committee met to discuss several topics involving the organization and our neighborhood. These topics include:

  • Update on the 1608-20 Sansom Street Project
  • Taney Street name change
  • CCRA representation on the City's Controller's Accountability Advisory Council 

To read what happened at the meeting, visit our blog on the website.

Wawa Flagship Store at Broad & Walnut to Close for Good 

Citing the Covid-19 pandemic and attendant current operational uncertainties, Wawa has announced that its flagship store at Broad and Walnut Streets will be closing its doors permanently. The store opened in 2015 but has struggled of late due to the shutdown of nearby offices and restaurants due to the pandemic. "The decision is a difficult one", the company said in a statement, but added, "our long-term plans for this store are no longer viable". 

Covid-19 Updates

- City continues to be in a "modified" green phase 

-  Good news! New COVID cases are decreasing in the city.

-  Indoor dining has been postponed until September 1.  

-Here's an updated restaurant list.   More restaurants are offering outdoor dining.  See if your favorite is on the list. If it's not listed, please inform Travis.  Thank you all for your suggestions.

- Check out a list of other places that are open and soon to be open.

Visit our special Covid-19 page on our website for more news and info.

Food Fare: Comings & Goings 

Korean BBQ Pops Up on Sansom Street Restaurateurs
Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari have launched a grill-it-yourself Korean BBQ outside their shuttered Giuseppe and Sons and Harp and Crown at 1523-1525 Sansom Street. Called Char Kol, it will provide guests with a choice of marinated meats to grill at their tabletop as well as other classic Korean fare. https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2020/08/04/char-kol-korean-bbq-schulson/ 

High Street on Market to Close, then re-open at new Location TBD Old City's High Street on Market will be closing by the end of September but plans to re-open at a new location as yet to be determined. The owners pointed to the pandemic and a hefty rent increase as reasons for the closing. https://philly.eater.com/2020/7/27/21340243/high-street-on-market-old-city-philadelphiarelocating-closing

Sad News! Restaurants that have closed for good: * Bainbridge Street Barrel House (Queen Village) * The Gaslight (Old City) * The Bards (Rittenhouse) * V Street (Rittenhouse) * Toll Man Joe's (So. Phila) * Mad River (Manayunk) * Bourbon Blue (Manayunk)
PPD Plan for Crime Prevention

Interested in reading the Philadelphia Police Department's plan for Crime Prevention and Violence Reduction?  Click here.

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A Message from Larry Krasner

Want to know what approach our District Attorney, Larry Krasner is taking to fight crime in Philly?  Read the Justice Journal here.

Ching Yun Hu, center city resident, and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, invites you to attend the 8th Annual Piano Festival, Saturday, August 1 to Sunday, August 9. All events will be livestreamed. Choice of Observer Pass for all events or One-Day Passes. To see schedule and purchase tickets click on Events at https://pypa.info/
The National Constitution Center Reopens

Beginning Wednesday, August 5, the National Constitution Center
 will be open to visitors Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission will be FREE through Saturday, September 5, in part thanks to PECO.  Advanced timed tickets are required.
VoteSafe Pennsylvania Aims to Help Voters Access Safe Options For Election 

VoteSafe Pennsylvania has launched a statewide bipartisan campaign that aims to ensure every Pennsylvania voter has access to safe voting options for the November election.

As covid-19 threatens to disrupt traditional voting procedures, VoteSafe Pennsylvania is advocating for secure mail-in ballots and safe in-person voting sites. The group is also educating voters about what voting options are available to them, as this year marks the first time all Pennsylvania voters can vote via mail-in ballot.
Useful Links

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)