Bonk’s Bar is back on Richmond Street
Mike “Scoats” Scotese has made a name for himself by running the Grey Lodge in Northeast Philadelphia for more than 20 years. Making the bar one of Philadelphia’s first craft beer bars and converting many people into craft beer fanatics. Scotese has also opened two other bars in the Northeast, Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase and more recently, he opened Sawtown Tavern in Tacony. And now he’s taken over the old Bonk’s Bar in Port Richmond.
With nary a word to the media, Scotese announced on Facebook Monday that he had softly re-opened Bonk’s Bar at 3467 Richmond Street in Port Richmond. Bonk’s has had a cult following for years with its crab nights and no-frills look. But ownership changes saw the place become inconsistent, with crabs being offered just one day a week and online reviews referring to the place as becoming rundown.
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Since a Sunday hockey post-game barbecue turned into a crab fest a few weeks ago, I’ve had a major hankering for crabs. Last week there were several events to satiate that craving and this Labor Day weekend looks to have several more.
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Varga Bar is hosting a three-day crab boil.
If you’re a fan of clambakes, crab boils and bargain oysters, now through Labor Day is your time to strike.
Tonight is Oyster House’s last Twin Lobster Dinner of the summer. That’s two one-pound Maine lobsters, corn and drawn butter for just $28.
On Thursday, August 27th, Brick and Mortar is hosting a family style lobster and clam bake. The feast is $55 per person in advance, $65 in person. There are two seatings (6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and beer from Nantucket’s Cisco Brewery will be included.
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Philadelphia is getting crabby and it isn’t because the Eagles lost (thank goodness). We’ve been spotting crab specials pop up around town. Corner Foodery is offering snow crabs for $9.99 per pound or three blue crabs for $9.99. Each order of blue crabs gets a free 12-ounce draft. And tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, the deal works in reverse. Buy a beer and get an order of free crabs.
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Finally, somewhere you can dive into all you can eat Alaskan Crab Legs on a Tuesday night. And that place is Warmdaddy’s on Columbus Blvd. The tuesday night special is $22.95 per person and your choice of two sides comes with your never ending bowl of crustaceans.
Tuesdays are double duty for the restaurant because the stage hosts a Blues, Soul + Rn’B open jam session, backed by a live band. You can show off your talents or just enjoy the music while you partake in the 1-2-3-4-5 special. This special includes; $1 hot dogs, $2 Yuengling drafts, $3 Heinekens, $4 Buffalo wings, and every Philadelphian’s favorite, $5 City Wide Special (PBR & a shot of Jack Daniels).
In case yesterday’s crab news wasn’t enough for you, there’s this: On Saturday, July 19th, in Wildwood, New Jersey, another shore festival will take place. And this time, it’ll be a festival of crabs.
You wanna make jokes? I’ll give you a minute…
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Get ready to feast tomorrow because Cedar Point is hosting a Maryland-themed dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. Come hungry and enjoy the cuisine of Maryland, including Old Bay Fries (natch), Half-Shell Oysters, and anything and everything crab. Like we said, you’ll want to come hungry. And to wash it all down? The Maryland beers available are Stillwater Artisanal Ales, DuClaw HellRazer and Natty Boh. The event is pay-as-you-go.
But the fun doesn’t end there because Cedar Point also just debuted a new beer on tap – Food and Ferments, Ginger Lime Kombucha – and a new cocktail menu. Check out the full menu here.
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Chef Brian Lofink of Kraftwork is offering habanero-and-orange glazed Alaskan snow crabs. The special is available for $18 and includes roasted corn salad, salt roasted potatoes, garlic herb butter and chimichurri sauce.
And as if that weren’t enough to have you plotting your trip down Girard Avenue, Kraftwork has also tracked down some prized Cantillon beers. Cantillon Classic Lambic is on draft and both 2012 Cantillon St. Lamvinus and 2012 Cantillon Iris are available in bottles beginning today.
The crab deal runs through Thursday.
Wednesdays got you feeling crabby? Well, indulge your crabbiness at Route 6 with Crab Wednesdays starting tomorrow, August 14.
You can feast on jumbo Maryland blue crabs for $7 per piece. To wash down the crabs, $12 pitchers of Harpoon UFO, Neshimany Creek County Line IPA, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Narragansett Lager and Victory Prima Pils will be available.
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Is there a better combination than crabs and beer in the summer? Fishtown’s Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen says no and they have your fix. On Wednesday, July 17th, they’re bringing a taste of Maryland and the Eastern Shore to the corner of Cedar and Norris. From 5 p.m. onward you can mix and match your Maryland crab favorites with awesome beers such as Evolution Lot 6 DIPA, Evolution Summer Session, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Heavy Seas Small Craft, DuClaw Misery, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Brewer’s Art Ozzy, Brewer’s Art Resurrection and of course, National Bohemian.
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