Happy Eclipse Day, Vesper Changing, aLoft Hotel News and MIA Street Closings

Good Monday morning. Lots of fun stories happening in town. Please remember to wear your special glasses today for watching the Eclipse. Or look on the ground where you can see a cool shadow of what’s happening in the sky. It’s about protecting your cornea, which can be burned by the sun if you look at it.

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Vesper restaurant on 223 S Sydenham St has changed it’s concept to a sports bar. Think Bounce in NYC Sports bar concept.
Owner Brendan Smith is now partnering with Monarch Swim Club owner Tim Lu to create this new concept. Some of the best VIP/entertainment personal are already on board for the launch, but they’re looking for a few more dynamic folks.

Are YOU Awesome? Do you have a passion for food, drink, service and hard work? Want to work at a one-of-kind venue in Philly?

Vesper Sporting Club is hiring for all positions including Model Marketing Bottle Server, Bartenders, Barbacks, Security and more.

Apply online at

The new aLoft hotel is about to open with Evan Evans who as General Manager at Aloft Philadelphia Hotel. Earlier this year he
left the lofty position as General Manager of One Liberty Observation Deck, and before that he was at Le Méridien hotel, where he opened that hotel and remained for many years. Good luck, I can’t wait to see it. I hear the grand opening is in late October.
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Friday I was trending on Twitter with this photo below. The @trendsphilly actually sends you an alert on twitter. That was fun.

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I took it from my balcony.

A reader wrote: I saw your amazing storm photo last night, and then this morning a relative announced that they had their baby last night during all of that and named her August Storm – She asked to buy the photo. I gave it to them as a gift.

Congrats Gov

Made In America is in two weeks. Here are the first street closures happening starting Sunday.

Street Closures  • Sunday, August 27th – Closure #1 • 7:00am – Closure of two traffic lanes directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art stairs

Monday, August 28th – Continue closure #1 – Closure #2 • 7:00am – Spring Garden Street between Ben Franklin Pkwy and Pennsylvania Ave  •Work hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm


• 7:00am – North side curb lane on Park Towne Place between N. 22nd St and N. 24th St • 7:00am – South side curb lane on Pennsylvania Ave between N. 22nd St and N. 23rd St