Walnut Hill Col- lege and Georges Perrier announce new University City restaurant, Bistro Perrier Neighborhood to Neighborhood Festival honors Aretha Franklin this weekend

By Jack Firneno Staff Writer

represented people who were involved in civil rights empower- ment. She was the first woman of significance, white or black, who

borhood Street Festival. The event, founded in 1989 by state Senator Anthony Williams, hon- ors Aretha Franklin, who passed away last month, with a free con- cert on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at 50th St. and Baltimore Ave. in West Philadelphia. “Aretha Franklin represents an era of music that was a first: The first to bring gospel chords and certain kind of gravitas to the pop sector,” said Williams. “She moved with grace and


he First Lady of Soul will be the focus of this year’s Neighborhood to Neigh-

took up a presence in the enter- tainment industry that moved women forward.” Williams, whose district covers

West Philadelphia and parts of Delaware County, launched the Neighborhood to Neighborhood Festival nearly 30 years ago as a way to celebrate the diversity of his district and bring different groups together.

A return to classic French Cuisine and tableside service

By Sharlene Johnson Special to the Press/Review

“This is my [last] stop. I’ll cook whatever they want me to do, but I will not do anything for anybody else, except Wal- nut Hill College.”

Over the years, big names including Chaka Kahn, Shiela E, Questlove, Michelle Croset and Robin Thicke have played the event. In that time, the festival also grew from what Williams described as “800 people at a barbecue” to an event that draws upwards of 7,000 people “from all parts of the district in a range of hues, colors, creeds and reli- gions, all having a good day.” Last year’s show featured was

Founded in 1989, the free Neighborhood to Neighborhood Festival draws thousands to West Philly every year. PHOTO: Facebook

also a tribute. The entertainers honored Prince, who passed away in 2014. “We’ve always looked for entertainers [who] are able to

Trolley Car Station restaurant opens at 40th St. Portal

The new Trolley Car Station restaurant at 40th and Baltimore is the third Trolley Car eatery in the city. It features a diverse, international menu and a large patio with outdoor seating. PHOTO: R. Christian

By Jack Firneno Staff Writer


en Weinstein’s new Trolley Car restaurant has been eight years in

the making, but, when you’ve got the right place, it’s worth it to wait for the right time. This week, the new Trolley Car Station restaurant cel-

ebrated its grand opening. The location is Weinstein’s third, following ones in Mount Airy and East Falls that opened in 2000 and 2010, respectively. The new one, however, is at a location that lives up to its namesake: Right next to the SEPTA station at 40th and Bal- timore. There, just next to the 40th Street Portal, sits the new upscale comfort food eatery and expansive, lighted outdoor seating area. “I wasn’t really interested at first in opening another res- taurant,” admitted Weinstein at the new eatery’s family and friends night last week. “But the idea of being here made a lot of sense.” Weinstein, the president of

appeal to wide range of listen- ers, and the past couple of years we’ve lost people that were more than just singers and entertain- ers,” said Williams on the recent

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the mom-and-pop franchise, says his brand focuses on building community. It’s why his Mount Airy location do- nates some $25,000 annually to the Mount Airy/Chestnut Hill Teacher’s Funds, and why the one in Germantown has an ice cream shoppe in a small trolley car where people can sit and enjoy a snack with neighbors and new friends.

This location, essentially at the mouth of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, seemed like a great place to continue that trend. The idea first came to him

through the University City District group, which pitched him the idea back in 2010. After that, it was a matter of working with commu-

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citing challenge for the chef instructors at Walnut Hill Col- lege. Doing that in conjunction with the launch of a brand new restaurant concept has brought the usual hustle and bustle on the University City campus to a fever pitch, as the team not only puts the finishing touches on a new menu but also pre- pares to teach their students how to make each dish to per- fection. While that may seem daunting to some, the college’s continued on page 2

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