Two weeks after the City Planning Commission recommended the Hudson Hotel project that would effectively spell the end of Little Pete's Diner, the winding saga took another turn at a City Council Committee hearing on Tuesday. PlanPhilly's Jared Brey reports that the bill that called for the rezoning of the property that was scheduled be heard was suddenly held by its sponsor, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. Council's last session of the year is next week and Brey explains the "bill can't be heard until some time next year, likely in late January or early February." In other words, it looks like Pete from Pete & Pete will have to wait 'til next year to chain himself to that wrecking ball. So, why was it held and what the hell is happening to Little Pete's? Brey was on the scene as it all unfolded:
Immediately, a dozen or so hospitality workers with Unite Here Local 274 began to filter out of Council chambers. Johnson said after the hearing that he was holding the bill so that the developers and hospitality workers could continue negotiations. He also said that some people were concerned about the fate of Little Pete's.
The 3-star Hudson Hotel from developers Clemens Construction is planning to be the "affordable" option around swanky Rittenhouse Square, though it's unlikely to incorporate Little Pete's, the affordable greasy spoon with cult status in the city, into its plans. The Hudson project calls for a top-floor restaurant space with two-stories of retail on the ground.
· Bill permitting new Center City hotel on hold until next year [PlanPhilly]
· Little Pete's/Hudson Hotel Coverage [Curbed Philly]