Over the summer chef Alex Capasso transformed his Blackbird Dining Establishment into Benny’s Burger Joint, a much more casual operation for Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. At the time he promised to bring the food from Blackbird to Philadelphia stating, “Collingswood has been great to me over the years”, says Capasso, ” but I think Blackbird would be best suited in a more urban setting”.
Now according to Michael Klein, Capasso has that urban setting. Capasso is taking over the former C19 at 267 S 19th Street. Look for the still unnamed restaurant to open in January.
This weekend the former Woolworth’s in Collingswood that housed Blackbird Dining Establishment has given way to Benny’s Burger Joint. Alex Capasso is still the owner but has swapped out fine dining for burgers, shakes, fries, 80s video games and a jukebox.
The menu features half-pound Angus as well as turkey and veggie burgers. Also on the menu are tuna sandwiches, grilled or crispy chicken and what has to be the signature sandwich; the Phony Luke’s a burger topped with roast pork, caramelized onions, provolone and broccoli rabe.
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In an email today, chef Alex Capasso told his customers that he is moving Blackbird Dining Establishment from Collingswood to Philadelphia. Capasso says “Collingswood has been great to me over the years but I think Blackbird would be best suited in a more urban setting”.
Capasso isn’t leaving Collingswood entirely. Benny’s Burger Joint will take over 714 Haddon Avenue and the spaces formerly occupied by Blackbird and Capasso’s other restaurant, West Side Gravy. Benny’s Burger Joint aims to open in late July.
No opening timeframe or location has been revealed for Blackbird on the Philadelphia side of the Delaware. And of course there is that pesky other Blackbird in Philadelphia. The vegan pizzeria.
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Is it just us or have restaurant weeks become as ubiquitous as department store sales? Don’t know what we mean? Take a look over in Jersey, where Collingswood Restaurant Week ended Saturday and the SJ Hot Chefs’ Fall Harvest Week began the next day. One Collingswood restaurant – we’re looking at you, Alex Capasso – is opting to make one prix-fixe menu do double-duty for the duration.
Okay, to be fair, that one restaurant (Blackbird Dining Establishment) is the only C-wood restaurant to participate in the SJ Hot Chefs consortium. But even though it’s nice to celebrate the local farmer, the independent restaurateur, the bounty of the season and blah blah blah, we’re seriously starting to look at our watches to see when the whole thing reaches a saturation point.
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