Hawthornes owners to match soda tax revenue to donate to Andrew Jackson School

The newly-implemented soda tax has outraged many with the increased prices on not just soda, but also other sugary beverages in the city.


Not everyone is getting mad about the tax, though. Local restaurant owners Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes are making the tax a bigger initiative to raise money for the Andrew Jackson School.

Fetfatzes and Annechiarico will be matching the tax revenue their restaurants generate and will then donate the money to their local school.

From Philly.com:

The 1.5 cent per ounce beverage tax is levied on distributors but merchants track how much they sell and, in this case, the owners will figure out how much tax revenue their eateries have generated, match and donate that amount to the Andrew Jackson School, a pre-K-to-8th grade school at 12th and Federal Street.

“It’s law, you can’t do anything about it other than get in the way of it or kind of get behind it,” Fetfatzes said. “So we decided to kind of make lemonade out of it and we’re going to be good corporate citizens.”

3 thoughts on “Hawthornes owners to match soda tax revenue to donate to Andrew Jackson School

  • January 11, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Classy move! Kudos to Hawthornes.

  • January 12, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Great restaurants, great people! So proud to have them in our community.

  • January 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    That was a very classy move. Glad to see not all business owners are a bunch of complainers. The best businesses, like Hawthornes, are good citizens.

    Btw.. Ask for Vinnie. He always takes great care of us every time we go there.

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