Two Philly Chefs Join Forces Over a Wood-Fired Grill

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A few months ago, Greg Vernick’s sous chef Dominic Piperno announced that he and his wife Lindsay would be opening their own restaurant in Collingswood, N.J. At the time, there was no name, no real details at all, just a general concept and an address: a fine-dining BYOB centered around a wood-fired grill.

Today, the chefs revealed their big plans for 801 Haddon Avenue.

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Collingswood Buys Ugly Houses Too

Collingswood Borough officials hope buyers will flip over the abandoned homes they're buying and restoring to stop blight before it spreads. | Photo: Emma Lee/WHYY

Collingswood Borough officials hope buyers will flip over the abandoned homes they’re buying and restoring to stop blight before it spreads. | Photo: Emma Lee/WHYY

The abandoned homes of Collingswood may not be in as dire shape as that “Ugliest House in America” we told you about last week, but they are every bit as much a drag on its neighborhoods as that disaster in Springfield was.

To help combat the blight, borough officials are taking a page from the HomeVestors playbook: They’re buying the ugly houses themselves.

Newsworks reports that Collingswood officials have taken advantage of a decade-old New Jersey law to sue for possession of some abandoned homes within its borders. The borough will use the proceeds from a $1 million loan and volunteer labor to restore the homes and sell them at market value to new buyers. Sale proceeds will then be reinvested in additional house restorations. Read more »

Collingswood Officials Draft Ordinance To Allow Craft Breweries

Soon to be serving craft beer.

Soon to be serving craft beer.

Breweries could bring alcohol to the previously dry borough of Collingswood. After months of gauging the town’s interest in having a brewery with a tasting room, officials were met with overwhelming support in favor of the idea. While the breweries will not be allowed to serve food (due to concern from local restaurateurs who fear competition to their BYOB establishments, and existing New Jersey laws), the ordinance is still big news for the otherwise dry town. Collingswood Mayor James Maley said, “There was little to no concern that this would affect the family-friendly nature of Collingswood or cause an unruly bar scene. Most people love that they can shop locally in Collingswood and it turns out good craft beer is no exception.”

If all goes as planned at the Commission Meeting on July 6th, craft breweries will be free to make their way to the quaint South Jersey town.

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Sabrina’s Cafe Opening in Collingswood

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Sabrina’s Cafe in Wynnewood

Sabrina’s Cafe, which has locations in Bella Vista, Fairmount, Logan Circle, and Wynnewood is preparing for a fifth location, this one in Collingswood, New Jersey. The cafe will move into the Woolworths building at 714 Haddon Avenue. The address has also been the home of Alex Capasso’s Blackbird Eating Establishment (as well as his West Side Gravy and Benny’s Burger Joint concepts), and more recently, the incredibly short-lived Local Collingswood.

According to NJ Pen, the Collingswood Sabrina’s will open by August, and will have a capacity of around 100 diners.

Sabrina’s Cafe Coming to Collingswood [NJ Pen]
Sabrina’s Cafe – Collingswood [Foobooz]

Tonight: Mac & Beer Fest In Collingswood

Follow the instructions for the lightened-up baked mac and cheese, and pair it with the prescribed spinach salad and—BOOM—a mac and cheese salad on your plate. Genius? We think so.

Sure, you’ve had lobster mac n’ cheese and mac n’ cheese with pancetta, but have you tried Mexican mac n’ cheese? Or Greek mac n’ cheese? Didn’t think so.

But you can change that tonight by going to the Mac & Beer fest at the Grand Ballroom in Collingswood. The fest, which runs 5-9 pm, benefits the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, who manage the ballroom and the Scottish Rite Auditorium and Grand Ballroom, and the Crossroads Programs, which helps a abused, abandoned, homeless and at-risk young people. So yes, it’s for a good cause.

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South Jersey’s First Bacon and Beer Festival

bacon_beerThursday, August 14th, New Jersey wants you to celebrate one of the greatest food combinations that has ever existed.

The Collingswood Grand Ballroom will be hosting the premiere South Jersey Bacon and Beer Festival. From 6-8:30 p.m guests can support the Crossroads Program, an organization which aims to raise awareness and funding for area foster homes and at-risk youths, by chowing down on bacon inspired dishes provided by local restaurants and sipping on some brew. Participating breweries include, Yards, Flying Fish, Weyerbacher and many more. The cost is $35 a person which buys you entrance to the festival and benefits the Crossroads Program.

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