Joey Baldino is doing it again. The chef is cooking a Sicilian barbecue at his Zeppoli every Monday during the summer. A couple caveats: reservations are required, and so is a party of at least six.
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.
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 »
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, 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.
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]
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.
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]
As tensions mount over the December 30th shooting of 36-year-old Jerame Reid by police in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Reid’s family is saying thanks but no thanks to Reverend Al Sharpton. Read more »
The Roger Wilco in Pennsauken, New Jersey is home to the state’s only “crowler” filling station in a liquor store. In addition to a glass growler of beer, the shop, just across the Tacony Palmyra Bridge on Route 73, offers 32-ounce cans filled of your favorite beer.
The portability is a big plus and the seal of the can is much tighter than a traditional glass growler and cap connection. And the crowler is pretty fun to watch in action.
Check out the beers currently available for 32-ounce crowler fills on Beer Menus.