Memphis Taproom Celebrates 6th Anniversary & Beer Garden Opening

2013truckThis Saturday, April 18th, Memphis Taproom is celebrating its sixth anniversary and the return of its beer garden and hot dog truck.

The celebratory beer bash will include the debut of Memphis Taproom’s latest collaboration beer, UNITY, a Kölsch-style beer brewed with Hersbrucker hops by Victory Brewing Co.

Outdoors, the hot dogs will be grilling and the sun will be shining. There will also be some  new Memphis Taproom/DeDolle t-shirts for sale.

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How You’ll Spend Your Summer: Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Today, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has shared the details for its Spruce Street Harbor Park. The pop-up waterfront park is will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and misting areas to the Penn’s Landing Marina and for two months.

The pop-up park, which will feature floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, restaurant and bar kicks off on June 27th and run through August 31st.

Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios and Digsau combined to create the plan for the space. Groundswell’s David Fierabend says “We’re involved because we believe iterative placemaking is the future of urban development and city renewal. By creating these moments along the waterfront we’re reconnecting the city to this long forgotten asset. Not only are these spaces amazing, they’re cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what’s next.”

More details on the Spruce Street Harbor Park »

Blue Belly BBQ Goes Belly Up

blue-belly-closedWe hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.

Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]

Sex Panther Obscures the Gaslight’s Potential

Adam Erace has some problems with the food at the Gaslight, but that’s nothing compared to what he had to say about the drinks. gaslight-cocktails-400

The Gaslight, the new bar/restaurant from Jason Cichonski, a chef whose reputation is built — fairly or unfairly — on equal parts scallop noodles and sex appeal. When he and Nick Elmi first encountered each other on the last season of Top Chef, Elmi looked at Cichonski’s pastel pink shorts and quipped, “You look like you just got off a yacht.”

I felt like I was on one at The Gaslight, that’s about how rocky the food was, but the cocktails were even weirder. This list appears to have been curated by a Cherry Hill bachelorette party, with confections bearing names like Pirate Hooker (a red currant Bellini, because who doesn’t want that at 9:30 p.m.?) and Hello Kitty, a martini whose fruity flavors (green tea, lychee, strawberry) make more sense together at Old City Frozen Yogurt down the street.

Tragically named cocktails aren’t the only missteps at The Gaslight [City Paper]
The Gaslight [Foobooz]

Cheese Happy Hour Debuts at Di Bruno Bros.

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Tonight, Di Bruno Bros. at 9th and Sansom is launching a weekly “cheese happy hour” series. Every Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Di Bruno cheesemongers will present three cheese pairings. Tonight, Southern Tier Brewing beers will be part of the pairings. On Thursday, April 24th, it will be Victory Brewing Co.

The happy hour is free and pairing partners will be announced weekly via Twitter. Follow the hashtag, #3cheesethursdays.

Di Bruno Bros. – The Franklin [Foobooz]
Cheese Happy Hour [Di Bruno Bros.]

Wahlberg Brothers Are Bringing Their Burger Concept to Philadelphia

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Wahlburgers, a burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg is looking to expand in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia. The Wahlbergs and Wahlburgers were featured in a recent A&E series about the restaurant. Th Wahlburgers concept offers both fast casual and table service dining, made-to-order ground beef burgers, all-beef hot dogs, crispy fries, onion rings, tater tots and specialty frappes.

Wahlburgers is looking to open five locations in the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. Though no site has been selected, the group is looking to open the first area location in late 2014. Two planned restaurants in the Boston area are 4,200 square feet with outdoor patios and a full bar.

In Boston and in Toronto, the planned locations are near the city’s baseball stadiums. Feel free to speculate where the Philadelphia metro locations will be. 

Wahlburgers [Official]

Crow & The Pitcher Opens on Rittenhouse

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Alex Capasso quietly opened his Rittenhouse Square restaurant, Crow & The Pitcher on tax day. The revamp of C19 makes the space more rustic with pub tables in the front and a more formal dining area beyond the bar. Capasso’s old boss Georges Perrier was hanging out when we swung by to grab a copy of the opening menu. The menu ranges from $6 for a salad with Boston lettuce to $28 for a rib-eye steak.

The restaurant and bar will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Check out the full menu »

Camden’s Cooper River Distillers Gets Go Ahead

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After months of waiting and delays Cooper River Distillers have finally received permission to legally operate their distillery. Production on their first product, Petty’s Island Rum will begin this week. It won’t be long before the made-in-Camden spirit will be available to drink and this Thursday will be the last chance for awhile to tour the about-to-rock distillery. Tours are being offered at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. The distillery is located at 34 N. 4th St.
Camden, New Jersey.

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