Donkey’s Place Owner Passes Away


Robert Lucas, owner of Donkey’s Place died at age 75 | Photo via Donkey’s Place.

Robert A. Lucas, owner of Camden landmark, Donkey’s Place died Friday, at age 75. His Donkey’s Place was known for its unique cheesesteak, served under a mountain of fried onions and on a round, poppy-seeded roll.

Lucas passed away after a long fight with lung cancer. He had inherited the bar from his father, boxer Leon “Donkey” Lucas. The elder Lucas was an Olympic boxer and purchased the bar in 1943. The younger Lucas taking over the bar in the early 70s and never deviating from the simple cheesesteak that made the bar a destination.

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WATCH: South Jersey Dads Fight Over Daughters, Softball

Fights happen often over professional sports, but on Wednesday, two South Jersey men exchanged punches in Maryland over their daughters and a youth softball game.

Michael Barbella and Michael Duffy, whose daughters once played on the same traveling softball team, were charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a verbal and physical altercation on Wednesday evening, reported Thursday. Barbella, from Ventnor, allegedly challenged Duffy, from Mays Landing, to the fight via text message and then drove from New Jersey to Salisbury, Maryland, just south of the Delaware-Maryland border. 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.

Collingswood [Official]

Berlin Abruptly Cancels 4th of July Fireworks, Citing “Public Safety”

The bombs bursting in the air over Berlin, New Jersey on July 4, 2013, via Facebook.

The bombs bursting in the air over Berlin, New Jersey on July 4, 2013, via Facebook.

When I was a kid growing up in South Jersey, it seemed that every other town offered a 4th of July fireworks display. So no matter where you lived, you never had to travel far. Over the years, though, the field has thinned out. But Berlin, New Jersey, has always held strong. Until now. And the residents are none too happy. Read more »

Clementon Park Party Gets Wild, Park Apologizes

Screenshot from Instagram video of fight inside Clementon Park.

Screenshot from Instagram video of fight inside Clementon Park.

Normally, South Jersey’s Clementon Park is a peaceful, fun place to be for families. OK, that’s not actually true (I’ve been there a few times in the last several years and it is even more rambunctious than Six Flags Great Adventure on a Saturday in the summer), but last Saturday’s Summer Splash party at Clementon Park definitely raised (lowered?) the bar for misbehavior there. Read more »

Sabrina’s Cafe Opening in Collingswood


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]

Matt Ridgway Closing the PASS

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All good things must come to an end. The last bit of an ice cream cone gets licked, the last Kardashian gets married/divorced/remarried, the finale of the Bachelor airs and someone gets left heartbroken.

The PASS restaurant, Matthew Ridgway‘s take on a French Roadhouse, is one such good thing that is ending. The Rosemont, NJ restaurant will close this month, while Ridgway moves to another city. Befor the Pass, Ridgway has previously worked at the Fountain restaurant and opened Lacroix with Jean-Marie Lacroix.

If you want to pay your respects to the fallen PASS you can visit up until Saturday, April 25, the night of its last dinner service. May PASS pass on to a better place. RIP.

The PASS [Official]

Anticipated Pedestrian and Bike Ramp for Ben Franklin Bridge Gets More Funding

Ben Franklin Bridge | Shutterstock

Ben Franklin Bridge | Shutterstock

Across the river, Camden County is closer to getting more user friendly access to the Ben Franklin Bridge. According to Jim Saksa at PlanPhilly, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) donated $800,000 to the Delaware River Port Authority for a proposed ramp that would replace the currently non ADA-compliant stairs on the bridge’s south side late last month.

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Pop Shop Opens in Medford


Collingswood family institution, The Pop Shop has opened in Medford. This second location takes over the former Farmers and Mechanics Bank at the corner of Main and Bank Streets. The inside is very reminiscent of the Collingswood location with a vintage soda fountain feel.

This Saturday, February 28th will be the official grand opening with live music outside from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and an official ribbon cutting ceremony set for 12:30 p.m. Inside, balloon artists will be on hand to entertain.

The menu will be the same as the Collingswood location with plenty of milkshakes and grilled cheeses to choose from.

The Pop Shop – Medford [Foobooz]

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