The Pepsi Restaurant
by Ed Hoffman
Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia is building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings. Notes from invited artists and community members consider place via the street, sound, food, trees, rivers, and other portals.
In a call for "food note" submissions, Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia asked, "What are the restaurants you loved but no longer exist?" Here is Ed Hoffman's response.
When I was at Wharton Graduate in 1970, a medical student who was a China native took us to Happy Garden on 10th Street in Chinatown, known as "The Pepsi Restaurant" because of its prominent sign out front that the soft-drink companies used to provide to their customers.
It served great food, represented my first exposure to Szechuan cuisine, and unfortunately didn't last more than a few more years.
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