Crime & Punishment Brewing Announces Grand Opening

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Crime & Punishment team showing off their June zoning approval.

At long last, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. is opening. The delayed brewpub has set Saturday, July 11th as its grand opening.

The brewpub is kicking its opening off with a ticket only event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a commemorative glass, two beers of your choosing and kielbasa with sauerkraut.

After 2 p.m., Crime & Punishment will be open to the public with snacks available and food trucks nearby ($10 can also get you a beer and commemorative glass). And if the brewpub is hit with large crowds, a couple of beers will be available across the street at Brewerytown Beats.

Normal hours will begin on Thursday, July 16. The brewpub will initially be open Thursdays through Sundays.

Grand Opening Tickets [Crime & Punishment Brewing]
Crime & Punishment Brewing Co.
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Get Ready for the Uptown Beer Garden

uptown-beer-garden-940Center City may not have gotten a PHS Beer Garden this year, but beginning July 1st, Teddy Sourias, owner of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Finn McCools is opening Uptown Beer Garden in the JFK Boulevard courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Building on the 1700 block of JFK.

The pop-up will feature 9,000 square feet of outdoor space for up to 500 people, picnic tables, granite benches, tree slab communal tables and a 35-foot long bar.

A portion of proceeds from Uptown Beer Garden will be donated to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Association (PAWS), including PAWS’s KATO (Kitty At The Office) program.

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“Neo Bistro” Set to Anger, Confuse Point Breeze

Rendering via Zillow

Rendering via Zillow

Mike Pasquarello has successfully opened four restaurants, cafes and bars in Philadelphia including Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad and Kensington Quarters. And next on his list is Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal in Point Breeze. The spot is named for architect Buckminster Fuller, who popularized the geodesic dome, but Pasquarello isn’t saying much else about the concept.

We do know that he’s backed down from the “Frenchy-tapas fare” that was mentioned in a Philly Voice story. When pressed, a representative for the restaurant said it will be a “neo-bistro.”

What might that mean …

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What’s on the Menu at the Playground

playground-sign-via-playground-940Bart Blatstein’s The Playground opens tomorrow in Atlantic City. And on “T Street,” the indoor street lined with seven live music venues, the food is being provided by Garces Events.

In the time since the project announced, the restaurant group has created a menu of bar snacks, and hand-held foods that are designed for taking from venue to venue, as the Playground allows guests to pass through its venues. The food menu is the same for all of the venues, while the beer lists and custom cocktails are specific to each concept.

For food there are snacks, Mexican pizzas, loaded fries (including the Abe Froman’s topped with bratwurst, cheese curds, and sauerkraut – Garces is just not giving up on Abe Froman), Nashville hot chicken, burgers and a section called “Riviera,” which inexplicably includes German style sausages.

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Good News for People Who Like Bad News: Manayunk & South Street Closings

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Manayunk bar is closed for renovations.

Sunday night saw Manayunk’s Beast & Ale close. We’re told it is for renovations and that all employees have been absorbed into the three Feliz restaurants (Cantina Feliz, Taqueria Feliz and La Calaca Feliz) owned by Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal. We enjoyed the concept but that side of Main Street seems to struggle to get foot traffic. The location has previously been Bisou, Gemelli and MangoMoon.

On South Street, Alex Boonphaya is pulling the plug on Tuk Tuk Real. The Mexican/Thai mashup lasted about nine months (just about the same amount of time as Beast & Ale). Boonphaya will convert Tuk Tuk into the third location of his Circles family of restaurants, joining the original at 1516 Tasker Street and the more upscale location at 812 N 2nd Street in Northern Liberties.

If all goes well, the Circles location will open before July ends.

Plenty Cafe Is Adding Liquor Licenses to All Locations

plenty-cafe-400Big things are happening at all the Plenty Cafe locations. The East Passyunk and Center City Plenty locations are getting liquor licenses and introducing dinner menus and full bars. The new menus will include small plates inspired by owners’ Anthony and Damon Mascieri’s travels around the world. By day, they’ll continue to focus on coffee, breakfast and lunch, but at night they’ll transition to full service with the new menu. The drink menu will mainly focus on beers and wines, but there are plans to feature rotating specialty cocktails, too.

The East Passyunk location will briefly close for renovations this summer and re-open as quickly as possible. The plan is to re-launch the East Passyunk location and then move on to opening what will be their largest location in Queen Village. All this should be done before the end of this year.

Plenty Cafe- Queen Village [Foobooz]
Plenty Cafe – Center City [Foobooz]
Plenty Cafe- East Passyunk [Foobooz]

The First Phase of The Playground Is Opening This Weekend

Concept for The Playground's T Street.

Concept for The Playground’s T Street.

With record speed, the first phase of The Playground, known as “T Street,” is officially opening its doors to the public this Friday in Atlantic City.

The Playground is Bart Blatstein‘s reinvigoration program for the Pier Shops at Ceasars, which will hold 14 music venues, two private clubs, a bowling alley and a massive sports bar when all’s said and done. Since we’ve already talked venues, attractions, and construction, how about we talk eats?

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South Philly Barbacoa Getting a Storefront

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South Philly Barbacoa is getting a storefront.

South Philly Barbacoa, the Mexican food cart sensation from Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez is getting a storefront. The cart has been a weekend destination at 8th and Watkins since early 2014. But Saturday was the cart’s last service at 8th and Watkins. But on the very good side, Miller and Martinez are going to be getting a storefront at 1703 S 11th Street, the former home of Vegan Commissary.

Eater reports that the barbacoa storefront could open as early as the first weekend in July. As for Vegan Commissary, they closed as of May 31st and are looking for a new, larger location.

South Philly Barbacoa [Foobooz]

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