Capofitto — the pizzeria and gelateria located just doors from a devastating Feb. 18 fire on Chestnut Street in Old City — plans to open Wednesday, Feb. 28.
“We have risen from the ashes, cleaned up the smoke, and the health department gave us a go!” owner Stephanie Reitano posted on social media. She and her husband, John, also own the popular Capogiro shops.
Other businesses, as well as the residents of the buildings at and near 239 Chestnut St., were not so fortunate. Gina’s 45, a fairly new bar on Third Street around the corner, also is closed indefinitely, as owners say they have not yet been allowed inside even to assess damage. Revolution Diner was destroyed.
The Little Lion, an American restaurant at the corner of Third and Chestnut Streets, will be down for at least two months, its owners say.
The Little Lion’s Chris Younge and Jason Dills are hosting a fundraiser for employees displaced by the fire on Sunday, March 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mad Rex in Fishtown. Food will be donated by Sysco and Mad Rex, as well as more than 20 restaurants and bars.
Tickets start at $35 each (or $45 at the door) and include food and two drinks. There will be a silent auction, free virtual reality, performances, and a DJ. A $75 VIP ticket will include food and unlimited drinks.
Younge and Dills are hoping to find work for their 80 employees.
In other fire-recovery news, the Foy family plans to rebuild Bridget Foy’s, their restaurant at Second and South Streets, which was destroyed by fire last October. No timeline has been announced, but the owners posted a rendering on Facebook.