On Thursday, if they hold to plan, City Council members will lunch en masse in Philadelphia's beleaguered Chinatown. Chinatown is suffering because last month federal inspectors shut down a local food warehouse because of grossly unsanitary conditions. The warehouse reportedly supplied a few of the restaurants in Chinatown.
There's nothing like a drumbeat of publicity about rodent and insect infestations at a food warehouse to make folks lose their appetite. And, though there have been repeated official assurances that, yes, it's safe to venture back to Chinatown, business at the eateries there is still in a slump.