The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.
Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.
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For the month of July, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ restaurant, Village Whiskey is heating things up with a mouthwatering burger, and you can thank San Fermín’s Running of the Bulls for it.
To celebrate the event, Village Whiskey will debut the Angry Bull Burger featuring aged manchego cheese, chorizo billbao, fried padron pepper, tempranillo grilled onions and smoked paprika aioli. The burger will cost $22 and that’s no bull.
Village Whiskey [Foobooz]
A Philadelphia taxi cab rammed into Village Whiskey overnight. The cab put a pretty significant dent in the facade but no structural damage was caused to Jose Garces’s burger and whiskey joint. The bar opened on-time today at 11 a.m.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. A SEPTA bus plowed into Monk’s Cafe back in 2010.
Village Whiskey [Foobooz]
Tommy Up is expanding his PYT joint to New York and D.C., and this month debuts a Fishtown tiki bar. The 42-year-old talks Jay Z, Japanese-mafia tattoos, and the best beef in Philadelphia. (Shocker: It’s not his.)
One of Us: Burger Guru Tommy Up [Philadelphia Magazine]
Because, you know, where else would you go to celebrate a thing like that?
Okay, so yeah. Really any bar would do. But Village Whiskey is leaning hard on their impressive collection of brown spirits to throw together a menu of Prohibition-era cocktails, all of which they’re letting go for half price today. Not enough? They’re also offering complimentary champagne. And draft specials (including some from 21st Amendment Brewery). And some music, too.
The festivities are going on all day long. So, if you’re serious about your drinking, tell your boss that today is a religious holiday and get over there right now.
Village Whiskey [f8b8z]
Maybe you missed Tuesday night’s Battle of the Joes at Cook but there’s no reason to miss Monday’s Best of Philly burger crawl. Join me, the founder of Foobooz as we tour around Rittenhouse Square eating some past Best of Philly winning burgers.
The night kicks off at Village Whiskey at 5:30 for a half-burger and drink.Village Whiskey is followed by stops at Rouge and Butcher and Singer. At each spot there will be burgers and drinks.
Burger Crawl with Foobooz [Eventbrite]
Because sometimes, you just need to start the day with a long pour of John Powers Irish, right? Because maybe you’re thinking that, since it is damn near impossible to get a decent seat at Jose Garces‘s whiskey bar during normal human drinking hours, maybe it’d be best to get a jump on things and hit the bar at 10:30 on a Sunday morning.
For those of you who missed the news, Village Whiskey is now serving brunch–which is really just an excuse to open the doors at 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings and then run straight through lunch, dinner and late-night service. Yes, there’s a new menu in place for the daylight drinkers–eggs benedict, cheddar-and-bacon biscuits and gravy. french toast with bourbon-maple pecans and toasted coconut, and shrimp and grits with andouille-braised chard and a fried egg–and of course there are Bloody Marys to wash it all down with. But really, who in their right mind would waste time with vodka and tomato juice when there’s that whole wall of delicious brown liquors beckoning?
Whiskey: It’s what for breakfast.
Check out the full brunch menu below.
Brunch Menu at Village Whiskey [Official]
The annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is this Saturday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The festival extends from Walnut Street from Broad to 19th and on 18th Street, from Locust to Sansom. Over 40 of the areas best restaurants will be serving up their cuisine for your enjoyment at an affordable price. Some highlights of the participating restaurants include a. Kitchen, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-town, Di Bruno Bros., El Rey, Le Bec Fin, Oyster House, Parc, Sbraga, Shake Shack, Vernick, and Village Whiskey.
If that doesn’t make you want go, maybe this will; there will be a tasting area with 20 of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Chairman’s Selection wines with a concierge and on-site store.
Other stands will offer Peroni beer, Rex Goliath wines, Cintron, and cocktails. Also, there will be cooking demonstration at 19th and Walnut courtesy of Starr Restaurants. The great food, booze, shopping, activities and weather make the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival a can’t miss.
Full list of participating restaurants »
It’s taken four years, but I finally made it into Village Whiskey last night. Jose Garces’ much-ballyhooed 20th Street spot has been on my list since its opening in 2009 (and I did have a problematic drink at the Revel location last year), but my aversion to lines, crowds and hostess Nazis has kept me away. Read more »
Food & Wine makes a list of the best bacon burgers in the country and curiously choose Shake Shack’s SmokeShack burger as Philadelphia’s best. True, the 20th Street location was the first Shake Shack to feature the SmokeShack as a regular menu option and we are fans of the New York based chain. But look around, like really, look out the window from Shake Shack and at Village Whiskey. In a list of bacon on burgers, it is difficult to imagine ignoring Village Whiskey’s Whiskey King. The $26, half-pound of beef burger, topped with maple bourbon glazed cipollini onions, Rogue blue cheese, applewood bacon and for good measure, foie gras has to be in the conversation.
Best Burgers in the US – Philadelphia [Food & Wine]
Village Whiskey [Official Site]