Cook and Shaker Replacing Chug a Mug in Kensington

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Kensington is landing a new bar. Cook and Shaker is replacing the Chug a Mug bar at 2301 E. Albert Street (corner of Tulip and Albert). The spot is from Laura Viegas , a restaurant vet with experience at White Dog Cafe, Farmacia and Bisro 7 Viegas has worked as a chef and a baker and will focus on providing scratch-made, freshly prepared cooking. During the buildup, Viegas was adamant about not including a walk-in fridge, ensuring that fresh will be the  mantra.

Cook and Shaker will be open seven days a week with the kitchen serving from 3 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and beginning at noon on weekends. The menu of sandwiches and entrees will top out at $15 and will include vegan and vegetarian options. Menu highlights which will feature ingredients from Greensgrow and Green Meadow farms, will include:

  • Buffalo Fried Brussels Sprouts with house-made bleu cheese dressing
  • Watermelon Salad with feta, red onion and basil
  • Veggie Sandwich with tomatoes, carrots, roasted peppers, breaded eggplant and spinach in an herb vinaigrette, with goat cheese and tomato-onion jam, on baguette
  • The Stack Sandwich, fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and bacon on country white bread
  • Bangers and Mash, grilled local lamb sausage over mashed potatoes
  • Grilled Shrimp with summer vegetables over ginger steamed rice

cook-and-shaker-logoBeverages will also be local. Expect the eight taps to always feature at least one cider and beers from area breweries. As the name and logo suggest, Cook and Shaker will offer a tight list of cocktails and even mocktails. The list of six to eight drinks will be prepared using fresh juices, squeezed in-house, rather than with syrups or frozen purees. Look for cocktails like:

  • Thai Basil-Peach Lemonade
  • Raspberry Beer Cocktail
  • Low Country Lemonade
  • Strawberry Mojito
  • Watermelon-Cucumber Fizz

Drinks will range from $8 to $10 and affordable wines by the glass will also be available.


Viegas aims for the space to be welcoming, the kind where "nobody will mind if you’re singing off-key.” Look for hardwood floors, exposed brick, reclaimed wood-paneled walls, copper ceiling and autumnal colors.

Viegas is aiming to Cook and Shaker open this fall.

Cook and Shaker
2301 East Albert Street
215-426-2665
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  • Buddy Cram

    This isn’t Fishtown!!!

    • Mystery Man

      Only if they served shepherds pie ;)

  • theefunklordian

    The neighborhood is called Kensington. …East and Northeast of York is not Fishtown. We Kenzos are a different breed.

    Fishtown doesn’t even sound as classy. KNOW THIS.

  • no

    Looks like the story has been fixed – thank you Foobooz!

    Of course, now that I know its in Kensington I won’t go anywhere near it, seeing as how I don’t want to get shot. I guess that’s why they tried to pass it off as Fishtown first…

    • Mike

      Ive lived in the area for 8 years and I believe more people have been shot in Old City than in the 19125 area. But y’know, if it keeps ignorant jerks away, YAY.

    • yourestupid

      Holy shit you’re an idiot. This place is 5 blocks from Memphis taproom and no where near front street, its actually a quiet neighborhood. The worst thing you have to worry about is hipsters.

  • Lisa

    Drinks sound CRAZY expensive. Food sounds reasonable. Hope they have some normal options like chicken or a burger.

    • LeeAnne

      $8-$10 for a decent cocktail with fresh ingredients is not crazy expensive.