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Williams Cafe, Benny’s Diner will be closed this fall as other student agencies move online

(08/07/20 4:16am)

Benny's Diner, Penn Student Agencies’ newest business, was ready for opening day in mid-March before the University shut down all operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 30 students had been hired and trained over the months leading up to the long-awaited reveal of Houston Hall's new campus diner — a business that had been in the making since fall 2019. 

'I have a family to feed': Bon Appétit staff feel forced to return despite health concerns

(08/03/20 5:56am)

Falk Dining Commons chef Troy Harris and his wife had their lives upended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harris, a beloved chef at Penn’s kosher dining hall, was laid off by his employer Bon Appétit Management Company in mid-March when Penn’s campus depopulated in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. His wife, Debra Harris, was also terminated from her job as a dietary aide at a nursing home shortly afterwards.

International students move forward with fall plans after ICE policy reversal

(07/19/20 1:13am)

Shock. Confusion. Anger. Relief. The past week has spun a whirlwind of emotions after thousands of international students worried that recent federal regulations would strip them of their visas. Although the restrictions have since been lifted, some still harbor resentments toward the Trump administration and fear that their immigration status remains unsafe for the fall semester.  

Profs. denounce ICE guidelines, commit to in-person instruction for international students

(07/10/20 4:33am)

Penn professors are suddenly finding the fate of their students’ futures in their hands as international students desperately search for in-person courses to protect them from the risk of deportation under new United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines. 

Penn condemns ICE order requiring intl. students to take in-person classes or leave U.S.

(07/07/20 5:28am)

International students will be prohibited from staying in the United States if taking an entirely online course load at their university this fall, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Monday. Penn, however, criticizes the order and commits to helping its students continue their studies in the United States. 

University City street vendors struggle after city took ‘punitive stance’ on food trucks

(06/29/20 5:41am)

In January, Jihed Chehimi, the owner of Chez Yasmine, the French-Tunisian fusion food truck at Spruce and 37th streets, donned a mask and began preparing for COVID-19 to reach the United States. Around him, long, tightly-packed lines for other food trucks filled the streets. There were no masks, no gloves, and no designated physical distance between customers. 

New Deck Tavern reopens for outdoor dining as Philadelphia prepares to enter green phase

(06/22/20 5:11am)

In late March, restaurants throughout Philadelphia were forced to close in accordance with the city's efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. With a fully stocked pantry and no one to serve, New Deck Tavern General Manager Erin Parson donated more than 80 pounds of untouched food to the public charity Ronald McDonald House. 

Sales soar for Philadelphia’s first Black-owned food delivery service, Black and Mobile

(06/19/20 5:40am)

David Cabello, a 25-year-old Philadelphia native, once made $1,100 in 30 hours delivering food on a bike through PostMates, UberEats, and Caviar. Now, Cabello runs his own food delivery business catering exclusively to Black-owned restaurants, and is delivering $20,000 worth of orders per week. 

‘The neighborhood lost its life’: University City businesses suffer from COVID-19

(06/09/20 10:31pm)

In mid-March, New Deck Tavern on Sansom Street was ready for its biggest weekend of the year. The tents were up; the DJ was hired; nearly a hundred cases of green beer bottles had been ordered. The tavern’s freezers were full with ingredients for Shepherd’s pie, Reuben sandwiches, and other authentic Irish fare. New Deck Tavern Manager Erin Parson had been planning for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day block party since January.