Osteria Moorestown Closing, Catelli Duo to Move In


Osteria Moorestown will make way for Catelli Duo.

Marc Vetri’s Osteria in Moorestown will close and make way for a Catelli Duo, a more casual Italian concept. Vetri and Osteria was the ace-in-the-hole when the mall’s operator, PREIT pitched the previously dry town to sell four liquor licenses at the mall for a million dollars each.

Catelli Duo gets an upgraded location from its current spot in the PREIT-owned Voorhees Town Center. That mall is being sold and will be losing one of its anchor stores. According to Philly.com’s Michael Klein, Catelli Duo will also take 3,600 square feet of space next to Osteria for private dining.

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Keg & Kitchen hosts Pumpkins in the Parking Lot this Weekend

Pumpkins in Parking LotKeg & Kitchen in Westmont, NJ announced they are “rolling out the orange carpet” on Saturday, September 26th for their Pumpkins in the Parking Lot event.

In honor of the seasonal change and transition to making everything all pumpkin-ified, Keg & Kitchen is hosting a full day of events from 12pm-8pm, featuring fall foods, seasonal brews and family fun for both adults and kids.

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Cooper River Whiskey Heads into the Wild

cooper-river-single-run-whiskey-400Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st, Cooper River Distillers is going to be distributing its Single Run Series Whiskey outside of the distillery for the first time. 22 bottles of the whiskey will make their way to Benash Liquors in Cherry Hill (2405 Route 38).

It is the third run Cooper River has done of whiskey and it is distilled from a base of locally brewed beer. In this case, the whiskey is distilled from Saint Benjamin’s Foul Weather Jack English Mild. We were lucky to get a taster of an earlier Single Run whiskey (made with Saint Benjamin’s IPA) and were very impressed with the results. 

Cooper River’s Single Run Whiskey is the first whiskey that has been distilled, aged, and sold in New Jersey in a long time, perhaps even since Prohibition.

But with just 22 bottles in this run, it won’t last long.

Cooper River Distillers [Foobooz]

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, NJ.com 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]

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