After many months of back and forth, campaigns, voting events and spirited debates, the City of Brotherly Love was finally ready to celebrate the country’s new president.
Even before Inauguration Day, one local establishment was celebrating the new administration since the results were finalized in November. Jet Wine Bar on South Street began offering an Inauguration Wine Package boasting two wines paying homage to President Joe Biden and two paying homage to Vice President Kamala Harris. The Inauguration Wine Package was carefully curated by Jet Wine Bar owner and Wining Archaeologist, Jill Weber, who also partnered with local Philadelphia company, Resting Gift Face, for a custom “Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia” ornament with an illustration of a Gritty graffiti adorned dancing USPS mailbox. The gift package also comes with a Jet Wine Bar tote bag.
Around the city, there were more spirited, unique and even punny edible offerings being served up.
“Joe Biden hails from Scranton, PA and his wife, Jill, was born down the interstate in Willow Grove. So, we stopped halfway between the two for some wine from Galen Glen Winery,” said Weber in a statement when the announcement was first made. “Biden also happens to be only the second Catholic president. He has visited the Vatican, and the Pope was among the earliest to call with congratulations on his 2020 win. So, we think a wine from Lazio – the location of Rome and the Vatican – is fitting.”
Fairmount pizzeria Benny Casanova’s served up a few different specials for Inauguration Day as well. The eatery, where Chef Franklin Becker is said to have worked at in high school, offered a buy-two-get-the-third-pizza-free with options. Shai, another Fairmount hotspot that offers up Mediterranean cuisine, began offering a variety of different specials ranging for groups that were having their own viewing party.
Then down in South Philly, other local and community spots spurred up their own deals. Chiquitas Pizza began to offer a special which offered up a combo deal with pizza and wings, while another Queens Village eatery got a little more creative. Philadelphians who went to Sam’s Morning Glory for breakfast got to see some spirited breakfast specials. The eatery served up their “No Sausage Gravy and Eggs for Ted Cruz,” the “Inauguration Special Coffee Waffle,” the “Good Bye and Good Riddens Eggs Benedict” and other meals aimed towards waving goodbye to Trump and his time as president.