If you’re looking for a fun, free way to celebrate the beginning of allergy season (or what some people call, “spring”), on Saturday, May 2, head down to Center City for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. There will be a fashion show, beauty booths, live music, and most importantly food demonstrations and cocktail lounges.
The Garces Group is still very much in expansion mode, and Jose Garces announced this week that he’s bringing a Village Whiskey to the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. The bourbon bar will open at 920 N Street Northwest (Rear/Blagden Alley NW). The space will be 4,459 square feet. That’s just about four times the size as the original just off of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The location is on Blagden Alley and right next store to another Philadelphia export, La Colombe.
Washington D.C.’s Village Whiskey will open in the fall of 2016. Garces’ first Washington DC restaurant, Rural Society opened in July of 2014.
You can’t have Meat Week and not talk about burgers. So here is our list of the best burgers in Philadelphia.
Compiled from Best of Philly winners who have to stood the test of time to some of our new favorites. From the blue cheese stuffed classic at Good Dog to the meat bomb that is the Whiskey King at Village Whiskey to our current fave, the $5 bargain at Fountain Porter.
Philadelphia’s Best Burgers [Foobooz]
Village Whiskey has been creating special burgers of the month for a bit now and we’ve been meaning to check them out. So today Team Foobooz headed in to try October’s burger, the “Abe Froman’s Wursthaus Burger.” An ode to Ferris Buehler’s Day Off and Jose Garces’s once upon a time idea of opening a restaurant named Abe Froman’s, the burger is topped with grilled kielbasa, lager braised sauerkraut, muenster cheese and dijon-truffle aioli.
It was a tasty burger but the $22 price (the Whiskey King is $26, the regular burger is $13) makes it difficult to recommend unless you have an expense account.
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.
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]