I'm working this New Year's Day -- and just learned a bit of interesting history about one of the businesses gutted by the fire on Western Avenue this morning.
The Modern Café's interior stood in for "The Hi-Hat" Club in the movie of Michael Chabon's novel "Wonder Boys" ; it's been at that location since Prohibition was lifted.
(My story for Channel 4 Action News at 11 tonight focuses more on the owner of KS Kennedy Floral , who lived upstairs from his now burned-out business.)
Here's the trailer for "Wonder Boys", the film shot in Pittsburgh starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, and Robert Downey Junior. (See the New York Times review.)
As a break from my usual fare about local government and politics, I also offer this video link as a palate cleanser for the holiday. The Three Pugs:
Here's wishing you a Happy New Year.