Kircher Entertainment is in the house tonight with Karaoke at the new FIVE FOUR BAR AND GRILL ( The old Da Bar)Stop over and be the singing star that you are ( Discounted Drinks) 8919 New Falls Rd – Levittown * GRAND OPENING WEEKEND IS COMING – JUNE 7th Happy Hour with Heather-Heather @ Night time LooseLeaf Trio,Saturday JUNE 8th FRISKY and Pinnacle Vodka Tasting Party…
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Check out the recent interview with Doreen Taylor about her concert at the World Café in Philadelphia on May23rd
Doreen Taylor Interview5/16/2013
JD:Hey Doreen how you doing
Doreen:Hey Joe. I’m good how you doing.
Doreen: Oh my God life is insane right now but it’s an exciting insane.
JD:Seems like you have been really busy with your tour and your Magic album. Congrats I’m really happy for you.
Doreen Taylor:Awe, That’s so sweet. It’s crazy and hasn’t really sunk in yet but for me I’ve always been better when I’m busy. I’m deadly when I’m not doing anything and I’m bored. It’sbetter for me to be doing a million things, than doing nothing. Everyoneasks me what it feels like and I’m like,“I don’t know yet”, becausesince Magicwas released last year I really haven’t stopped working.I haven’t had that chanceto sit back and ask myself “so what’s it feel like”.
JD: Let’s kick things off here and talk about the concert you did a couple weeks ago at the House of Blues in LA.
Doreen Taylor: That was awesome and it came of out nowhere.We kept kicking around dates and it was hard because I was focusing on the Philly concertbut it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.We decided to make it very creative and almost like a punwecalled it Doreen Taylor Stripped. We stripped my Magic album down to a solo acoustic show with just me and Bob Rotondo, who played acoustic guitar.
JD:Tell us a little about your up upcoming concert on the 23rd at the World Café in Philly and the Ron Jaworski“JAWS YouthPlaybook” charitythat you’re helping out.
Doreen Taylor: Honestly, I really want to do Philly because I credit the area for giving me my start and helping me becomewho I am. So I wanted to pick Philly and make it extra special andI wanted to do something nobody would do because I’m totally unconventional to begin with.I said “let’s just make it crazy,donate every dollar we make and pick a really great charity”.If I’m going to kick off a concert let’s do it right!
JD: What is your favorite sport?
JD: Who’s your favorite team?
Doreen Taylor:Well, Buffalo Sabers are my favorite because I grew up in Buffalo. I have to admit, I’m a Buffalo fan for all sports except for obviously baseball because we don’t have one.
JD:You come across very open and honest.
Doreen Taylor:I think maybe that’s why I’m so popular with my fans on Facebook and twitter. It grows so fast and getting out of hand and I love that. I’m personally responding. If someone posts something, I comment right back. I’m not one of these people that put up their profile and have a company run it for them or get their PR firm texting back. I have a connection with my fans and I love that!
JD:Who are your favorite artists growing up and how would you say they influenced you?
Doreen Taylor:My answer to this is completely night and day to who I am as an artist. I was very young and I remember sneaking into a Tool concert! I like Alice and Chains. I also liked Radiohead for a while because they weren’t like anyone else. They broke themold.
JD:Let’s talk about the magic album. What was the inspiration there and how did it all come to be?
Doreen Taylor: I had hundreds of songs and I didn’t want to die with them in my head. I was trying to figure out my options and a great friend of mine was working at Optimusstudios at the time and he put together this perfect storm.
JD: Are your songs biographical in nature?
Doreen Taylor:Yes, they’re all my experiences. It’s doing what you want to do and living your life to the fullest because you’reliving it to be yourself.
JD: What’s your favorite tune on the new album?
Doreen Taylor:I can narrow it down to 3 but they change. All around, hands down I have to say “Heartbeat” is a hot song. That one, “Judgment Day” and I really like Another Rainy Night in Memphis.
JD: Tell me about your Judgment Day video.
Doreen Taylor: I said it has to be dramatic. Yes, it is depressing,it’s dark, but if you really look at it there is positive message. I try to tell people they are trying to get to each other but they really need each other. That’s all that matters. If you like the video and you like the song wait until you see what we do with it live. We’rekicking it up a notch let’s put it that way.
JD:You sound like a natural risk taker
Doreen Taylor:I am. I’m not jumping out of planes or anythingyet but in my career and in my personal life, I’m not one to just sit there and let things just go by me. I don’t want moths to grow on me. I will move it and shake it before something happens. We only go around once on this planet. I go out there and make it happen or else it’s not going to. It’s been a journey but I know now it’s because I really believedand I’m finally doing it my way. I’m not listening to anyone else. I finally did something that was in my heart with my voice, music and lyrics. This is me. Take it or leave it.
JD: Do you get nervous or have the jitters before a concert?
Doreen Taylor: Always. I always get the jitters! They don’t cripple me but I’ll probably always get them. I consider it part of the packaged deal and honestly I really think that little bit of adrenalin and that little extra something going through your body makes you on your game better. When I go out on stage I’m ready!
JD: Where can folks go to get more information about the “Magic” album, the tour and all things Doreen Taylor?
Want to be sure you will go the right place, when going out that can offer you all that you might be looking for? Check out these Out On The Town Entertainment Guide “HOT SPOTS” they offer the best in prices on food and drink and weekly Entertainment and Promotions.
Here is what you will find in the latest “FREE OOT GUIDE”…see it online now www.ootonline.com ( Best to view on your iPad) or you can grab a copy printed from our Digital online guide…Each OOT gives you all the info you may need to know for the next full month…all in one place…
HERE are the Best area locations:
Finnigan’s Wake, Nothern Liberties
Liberties, in Nothern Liberties,
Chickie’s & Pete’s, South Phila ( Packer Ave)
Paddy Whacks, South Street,
The Legendary Dobbs, South Street,
The Stadium Sportsbar and Restaurant in the Holiday Inn – South Phila,
The South Philly Bar & Grill,
The New Sheffield Tavern, / Dance Club
Chickies & Pete’s ( All area Locations)
The Tacony Public House,
The Penthouse Club of Phila,
Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe,
Fluke’s Irish Pub,
Daly’s Irish Pub,
Redz Bar & Grille,
Harrington’s Irish Pub,
Club Risque, ( All area Locations)
Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Bar (All area Locations)
Reale’s Sports Bar & Grill,
Nicks Roast Beef,
The 7 C Lounge at the FOP Lodge 5,
Joe Santuccis Bar & Grille,
The 3 Monkeys,
The Legendary Dobbs on South Street.
La Casa Di Lucia,
Katie O Donnells,
Lazy Joe’s Saloon,
The Red Rooster Inn,
The Rockledge Tavern,
The Grey Lodge,
BUCKS AND MONTOGOMER COUNTIES
The Water Tower – Oaks Pa,
Michaels Cafe – Bensalem Pa
Parx Casino – Bensalem Pa ( 360 Lounge)
Harrigans Pub – Warminster Pa.
Mc Stews Irish Sports Bar – Levittown Pa
The Road House Inn – Newportville Pa,
Scruples at the Oarkford Inn, Bensalem.
Tattletales – Levittown,
Double Visions – Horsham,
HAzys Bar & Grille _ Feasterville Pa
Franks Sports Bar –
Hurricane Jacks – Levittown Pa
The Dog & Bull – Croydon Pa,
*THE NEW UPPER DECK – Bristol Pa ( DANCE CLUB, LIVE MUSIC – SPORTS BAR – Restaurant)
The Brunswick Zone XL – Feasterville Pa..
The New Irish Rover Station House – Langhorne Pa
Dean Casmirris Colonial Inn, Hulmeville Pa
Cazz’ s Sports Bar – Levittown Pa.
Da Bar – Levittown ( NEW NAME COMING THIS WEEK!)
Freddies Tavern – Bristol Pa,
Tony’s Place – IVyland Pa,
The Penguins Pub, Warminster Pa.
The Fireside BBQ and Patio – Feasterville Pa
IN NEW JERSEY:
Dr Lou’s Place – Roebling NJ
Curran’s Irish INN – Palmyra NJ,
The Coastline – Cherry Hill NJ,
Top Dog – Cherry Hill NJ,
& These are some of the palaces we work with and know about…
See the full schedules now by going to www.ootonlin.com
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A real big Car show takes place today at Hurricane Jacks located at 7759 New Falls Rd in Levittown Pa…this annual event brings our car lovers from everywhere…There will be all kinds of classic cars, bikes and of course great food and drink. Look for the Tents…At night in the Bar …Tuesday’s Gone will be playing the music… the car show runs from 3 pm to 8:15….Free- no cover and all car lovers can appreciate this special event. CK it out! www.hurricanejacksbar.com ( See their ad in the latest OOT Guide pg 9 for more detials….) www.ootonline.com Stop by and say hello to Mr Hurricane Jack and Staff.
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The Mayfair Business Association presents their annual ” May Fair” today in Mayfair…NE Phila…Rain or Shine… Craft Vendors,Sidewalk Sales, Food, Live Music, Carnival Games…Something for every member of the family…*plenty of giveaways… Cottman Ave to Bleigh Street will be closed down from 12 noon to 5pm…* Neighborhood Awards!
Also Live Music from local acts like: AJ Slick, Mike Lecompt, Mike Mc Cullough, Rev…and more…Updated info can be found by going to www.mayfairbiz.com
Newly renovated in every way, The Irish Rover Station House is becoming “the place that brings families and friends together”.
The historical building is at least 160 years old and is set in the Langhorne Borough, on 1033 South Bellevue Avenue, across from the train station. It’s easy to get to by car or train! You can share a wonderful meal in the restaurant or on the spacious outdoor patio, or sit at their beautiful newly customized bar that seats about 50. Superb home-made food, a big selection of draft imported/domestic beer, craft beer, and exotic drinks, friendly staff, a beautiful view, great entertainment and banquet/catering services; it’s place to be comfortable, to relax, to be entertained and to have fun!
New owner, Tracey Crouse, who owned the iconic Irish Rover in Penndel needed a bigger place to accommodate their ever growing loyal customer base. Ray Crouse, Tracey’s cousin-in-law, proposed a move and so together they began the success story of The Irish Rover Station House! Tracey brought along her staff including Chef Kyle Kloos, who creates the magnificent home-made food-that people just can’t get enough of. While I was there I was able to sample a few of their specialties, all affordably priced. I had the incredible Cream of Crab Soup, made with lump Crab, Dill and topped with melted Swiss Cheese, the Cajun Shrimp smothered in a gourmet spicy/butter sauce was out of this world! The wings were drenched in a gourmet sweet oriental sauce-delicious and the chicken fingers dipped in Chef Kyle’s very own honey mustard sauce-well it was sweet! There are daily drink and food specials and Happy Hour is M-F, from 5-7pm.
Want to be entertained? Some of the best bands from the area are there each weekend, and just in time for the beautiful spring and summer weather- the outdoor patio is the place to be. There is plenty of tables with umbrellas to soak up the sun, an outdoor bar for beer/bottle service, a horseshoe pit and coming soon live solo/duo acts. Upcoming events….Plan to have Mothers Day Brunch at the Irish Rover Station House, from 9:30am-2pm. No reservations are required and Moms get a carnation. Mothers Day dinner specials will be offered later in the day. On Memorial Day come after the big parade and celebrate! The after-party starts at 2pm. On Sunday, June 16th bring Dad to the first annual Car Show to celebrate Fathers Day.
Having a special event? Have it in their beautiful banquet room; it accommodates 100-125 guests and has its own full service bar, jukebox and large dance floor. You can get customized packages starting at $14.95, from taco stations, mini sliders & cheese steaks to full dinner and drink packages. They also provide take-out for party and holiday trays too. For more info contact Banquet Manager, Nick Mangiaracina at ChefNick29@hotmail.com. To keep up with lots of other great stuff coming up visit their website at http://irishroverstationhouse.com or give them a call at (215) 970-5412. Congrats to Tracey, Ray and staff from OOT to YOU!
I have been writing the “In The Spotlight” segment of the Out On The Town for several years now, and I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting, seeing and talking with so many great bands in this area. I really consider myself blessed to have had these many opportunities to write about all of them. There are some incredibly talented musicians in this area and I am proud to write these stories about every one of them so that more people can appreciate all the hard work they put into their craft. Every so often however, I will feature a band that really grabs my attention because of their true dedication to providing excellent entertainment. That is why this month I decided to feature Steamboat Annie.
Steamboat Annie formed several years ago out of the ashes of what used to be the popular local cover band, Gear. Founding member of Gear and current drummer for Steamboat Annie Johnny Callan, asked his sister Kelly Callan to sit in on some songs after the original line-up had some personnel changes. At the time, a female fronted band was kind of an anomaly, and Kelly brought her dynamic stage presence and strong vocals which really helped to define the band. Not too long after, Johnny met current Lead Guitarist Josh Bornstein while they were both attending Temple University. They were both Secondary Math Education majors, and prior to this Josh majored in music. Johnny recalls; “Josh would often bring his guitar on campus so he could sneak into into a practice room in between classes.” John took notice and approached Josh, asking him about his playing experience. From there Johnny and Josh formed a friendship and Josh auditioned for Gear. Gear eventually evolved into Jinx, and that was when Bassist Mike Laster came on board. After a few really fun years of making music, they parted ways and Kelly, Josh and Johnny went on as a trio to form what is now Steamboat Annie back in 2004. Mike returned to playing a few years later to round out the quartet.
It’s been almost 9 years now since the current line-up of Steamboat Annie formed. As Kelly stated, “We are actually a very tight, dysfunctional family! To see each other that often every single weekend, every single practice and every single gig for this length of time, you either love and respect each other or you fire someone! There is a mutual respect and close bond that we share. We genuinely like each other and we hope it carries over into our performance.” Steamboat Annie plays a great mix of all genres of music; Classic Rock, 80’s music, Pop, Modern Country, Alternative…you name it, they do it! Their show is a super fun ride through all these different genres, with a sound and visual quality that is top notch and professional. They work hard at what they do and their dedication is why they are one of the most popular cover bands on the local scene right now. Johnny explained, “The care and time we put into making music really matters to us. We are firm believers that hard work and dedication trumps gimmicks.” I could not agree more. If you have the talent to back it up, you do not need any type of gimmick and that is one of the many things that sets this band apart from many of the others. Johnny went on to say, “It’s the effort that produces quality. And, at the end of the day, being in a band is about playing music. Our first priority is to always deliver our best performance and that includes a good sound and light production. If you can convey to the patrons that you care about entertaining them, they will engage you and they will return again and again. We have made so many loyal friends over the years and continue to allow us to do what we love. Without them, we’d still be playing in the basement! We are really grateful for their support.”
When you go to see Steamboat Annie live, you will notice the care they put into setting the mood for the audience. They will usually start off with some Classic Rock favorites and sprinkle in some Country and some Contemporary music. After everyone gets settled in and having fun, they turn things up a notch to get people up and moving. Throughout the night they construct a consistently fun and energetic performance, taking much pride in their musicianship and their connection with the audience. Kelly is often regarded as “The Dork” of the band. She is hilarious, quite clumsy and has learned to embrace it. Even after all these years she still gets stage fright! Kelly explained, “I have gotten much better over the years, but it can still grip me from time to time.” Meanwhile, John is “The Rock Star”, Mike is “The Ham” and Johnny is “The Drummer” (no other descriptor necessary!) These different personalities blend so well on stage because they make fun of each other and just have so much fun doing it!
I asked Kelly what she felt is “different” about Steamboat Annie and she told me, “We really ARE family! Josh and I have been in a relationship for 14 years and Johnny is my brother. Growing up, Johnny was always playing in some heavy Metal band and I was the Country girl. We were as far apart on the musical spectrum as you can imagine! Our mom tried time and time again to get the two of us to play together in a band but I hated his Heavy metal music and Johnny would almost vomit at the thought of playing Country! So while he was rocking his long mullet and spandex, I was in my boots singing Reba McIntyre! But fate eventually stepped in and here we are!”
Everyone in the band has a pretty impressive background in music. Kelly performed in Bandstand USA in her formative years. She would later take her love of Country music and front the very successful Country act, 90 Proof. During this time, she had the honor to open for national acts such as Kitty Wells, Waylon Jennings & The Gatlin bros. Josh studied guitar with Greg Kettinger and majored in Jazz Performance at Temple University. Josh joined Gear with Johnny and Kelly at the ripe young age of 22 and has been with them his entire professional musical career. Recently, Johnny had the privilege to play at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the DeVry University corporate band. Previous to Gear, Johnny had played in several bands in the Buck County Area including Ask Alic, Instinct and Praz. Mike’s background is in Classical music and some years later Jazz, but he obviously has Rock influences as well. Some of his previous cover and original bands were: Medusa, Bad Manners, Bottoms Up, CopyKat, The Jinx, and Almost Famous. In addition to all of this, Kelly has traveled to Nashville to record her CD of original Country music called, “Kelly Callan, Rust & Rhymes” and explained, “It made a little noise and received some airplay. The CD is no longer for sale in stores, but you can get yourself a copy in the back of the “Steamboat Vannie! They are still available for sale at our gigs, but you better hurry, I only have 999 left…..out of the 1,000!” Recently, they have begun incorporating some of her songs into the sets and have been very well received!
When I asked the band what they wanted everyone out there in OOT Land to know the most they told me, “We believe the music should always be the hero. It’s not about flash or individual glory. For us, we play as a unit and support each other musically. It may not make us different, but it does make us sincere. We recently took over booking ourselves and this is our busiest year to date! It sounds silly to say, but we feel like a new band. We are now fully self-sufficient and we own our own brand. That’s not to say that we do not owe a great deal of gratitude to those in the industry that have offered their support and friendship. We would like to thank The Out on The Town magazine, local radio, open mic nights, local venues and bar owners who continue to promote and support local music, among many others, that help keep us all going. In the end, we are grateful. IT’S ALL ROCK & ROLL AND IT’S ALL GOOD!”
You can catch Steamboat Annie playing pretty much every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. They travel all over NJ and PA playing at many popular clubs, bars, taverns, private parties and corporate events, or any venue in need of great party music. They will be playing quite a bit down the shore this coming summer at great spots like The Oceanic, The Bayshore Inn, Boardwalk Bar & Grill and several others. You can check out their full schedule and also listen to some music samples at www.reverbnation.com/steamboatannie. Take the time to go see this band, because you won’t be disappointed! Steamboat Annie is: Kelly Callan-lead vocals; Johnny Callan-drummer; Josh Bornstein-lead guitarist and Mike Laster- bassist, lead & backing vocals.
Chickie’s & Pete’s on the Blvd in NE Phila has been
having bands every thursday night at 8pm since
February…and it’s the local music series that offers
Free live music on the outside patio deck area
under the large tent. Coming up on May 23rd there
will be something very special as the New York and
Nothern NJ based band called 2U will make at trip
over to Chickie’s & Pete’s.
2U is the only tribute show that’s been complimented
by BONO from stage, endorsed by U2’s mgmt to rep-
resent U2 and chosen to perform annually at Disney’s
Epcot Center for the past six years running. The band
is an awe inspiring facsimile of the real thing.
The sounds captured by this band is so close to
U2 it is kind of amazing to witness.
For a special kind of night on May 23rd head over
to Chickie’s & Pete’s on the Blvd ..get there by 8pm
you will see a very special show. 2U doing U2.
A duck walks into 3 Monkeys and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich. Houl the barman looks at him and says, “Hang on – You’re a duck!”
“I see your eyes are working,” replies the duck.
“And you can talk!” Exclaims the barman.
“I see your ears are working, too,” says the duck.“Now if you don’t mind, can I have my beer and my sandwich please?”
“Certainly, sorry about that” says Houl as he pulls the duck’s pint. “It’s just we don’t get many ducks in here. What are you doing round this way?”
“I’m working for Lynn at Holy Family up the road,” explains the duck “I’m a plasterer.”
The flabbergasted barman cannot believe the duck and wants to learn more, but he takes the hint when the duck pulls out a newspaper and proceeds to read it.
So the duck reads his paper, drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, bids Houl good day and leaves.The same thing happens for two weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringmaster comes into the bar for a pint and Houl says to him “You’re with the circus, aren’t you? Well, I know this duck that would be awesome in your circus! He talks, drinks beer, eats sandwiches, reads the newspaper … everything!”
“Sounds marvelous,” says the ringmaster, handing over his business card.“Have him to give me a call.”
So the next day when the duck comes into 3 Monkeys, Houl says to him,“Hey Mr. Duck, I think I can line you up with a top job paying really good money.”
“I’m always looking for the next job,” Says the duck. “Where is it?”
“At the circus,” Says the barman.
“The circus?” Repeats the duck.
“That’s right,” Replies Houl.
“The circus,with the big tent, with all the animals who live in cages, and performers who live in caravans?” asks the duck.
“Of course,” Houl replies.
“And the tent has canvas sides and a big canvas roof with a hole in the middle?” persists the duck.
“That’s right!” says the barman.
The duck shakes his head in amazement, and says “What the f*%k would they want with a plasterer?!?”
Schemeley’s Childhood Story
Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.”
She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed.
My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.
He said they love animals very much.
I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.
The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken.
She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.
She sent me back to the principal’s office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.
I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.
Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most. I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”
Guess where I wound up …
Submitted From Glenn …
An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”
The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”
Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.
“OK,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”
The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”
To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don’t know shit?”
And then she went back to reading her book.
Lots going on in the Mayfair area gang!
Let me break it down for ya … on Wednesday May 15th, our Pennypack concerts are underway with the Lincoln H.S. band followed by a Jimmy Buffet tribute. On Saturday May 18th at 8am, it’s the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run around Lincoln H.S. honoring officer Chuck Cassidy followed by our Mayfair May-Fair up at Cottman and Frankford from noon until 5:00. All kinds of fun stuff for the entire family happening on the ave including a moon-bounce, a dunk tank, as well as several local musicians playing on stage including the AJ Slick band, Mike McCullough, Mike LeCompt, REV, and many more. The following day – Sunday May 19th in the same spot, it’s the Mayfair Farmers Market from 9a-noon, and on Wednesday May 29th, it’s back to Pennypack again for a ZZ Top and Pat Benetar tribute! On Saturday June 2nd, it’s the Summer Slam Jam in Pennypack featuring Freewill, Old School, Blackwater, REV, Dino and the Missiles, and Chowder! Nowhere else in Philly is it this action packed! I know I threw a lot at cha and if you need more info on any of the above or to register for the Run, shoot me an email and I’ll gladly hook you up.
I am sure that when “John McNesby” (FOP Lodge #5 President), envisioned moving the entire lodge including the catering & tavern to Caroline Road in far Northeast Philadelphia, he knew exactly how phenomenal the new facility would turn out. On January 31, 2013, the all new FOP Lodge #5 opened for business with a new full service elegant catering hall (“Heroes Ballroom”), a private VIP style banquet room (“Michael G. Lutz Room”) & the ultra modern tavern area (“7C Lounge”).
Then what does “John” do, he recruits an outstanding restaurant management person like my man “Jim Harvey” (“Harv”) to run this operation. He has been in the restaurant business since 1978 when he started out @ the original “Chickie’s & Pete’s”, in fact Pete Sr. is the one who gave him the nick name of “Harv”. Worked for “Chickie’s & Pete’s” @ both the original & Roosevelt boulevard locations until 2011, where he moved onto “The Wharf” in Wildwood. Since receiving the call from “John McNesby”, he now found his home @ the all new “7C Lounge” on Caroline Road, just behind the huge old IRS building.
As you enter this fine luxurious establishment, it is very hard not to notice the floor to almost ceiling back bar wall that is complete with rolling ladders to reach product on the top shelves. Honestly I am totally in lust with the 14 state of the art flat screen televisions throughout the wide open space. The “7C Lounge” is furnished with numerous details like the ultra stylish lighting & brass hooks under the bar for gurlz to hang their pocketbooks or jackets. Make sure you look up in the air towards the ceiling, no it’s not a bird or a plane, it’s a highway patrol drill team motorcycle full with flashing lights & siren. How do you top shyt like that, well, stay turned cause I hear so many more new & exciting things will be coming to this fascinating lounge.
On this perfectly sunny Friday afternoon, I traveled to the “7C Lounge” with a few good friendz of mine that included “Lisa”, “Rita” & “Kristen”. All I hadda say to theseastonishing young women was that the “7C” serves up the best “Chocolate Martinis” on earth & “BAM”, they were there like clockwork. We all sat at the bar for cocktails, our mixologists (“Claire”, “Chuck”, “Martina”, “Mike” & “Jim”) began to perform their magic & were right on point with such professionalism.
As I begun to soak up the relaxing sleek vibe of the “7C Lounge”, my first course (a salad) arrived in a timely fashion. How could I resist, the name was catching me, so I just had to order the “Jailhouse Steak Salad”, it came with several large pieces of marinated filet mignon, over a bed of chopped romaine lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, slices red onions, roasted red peppers, all topped with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The cuts of beef were seriously so tender, as it melted in my mouth along with the combo of blue cheese & roasted red peppers.
Since I noticed the “7C Lounge” has an interesting selection of Dietz & Watson all beef franks, my pick was gonna be the “Texas Tommy”. This creation rolled out of the kitchen smelling like a piece of the old west, it was a perfectly cook 100% beef hot dog, rolled in several slices of bacon, partnered up with cheddar jack cheese & accompanied by some homemade “7C” BBQ sauce, all on a fresh bun, served with fresh cut french fries & pickles.
If you have been keeping up with my foodie reviews, then you already know that “Roundhouse Ron” freakin luvs wings of all flavors either as an appetizer or as an entree. And on this day, I went with the “Cajun Wings”, how can you go wrong with a stack of freshly cooked buffalo wings, seasoned to perfection & fried spot on with a nice crispy coating. They were served with fresh celery & homemade “7C” blue cheese dressing for dipping. The “7C Lounge” has a delectable selection of buffalo wings, that include “Cajun Wings”, “Hot Wings”, “Mild Wings”, “JD BBQ Wings” & “Thai Sweet Chili Wings”.
Now, everyone enjoys a good chicken parm from time to time, so my entrée was a given with an obvious choice. The “Chicken Parmigiana” was a prime selected piece of fresh chicken breast, seasoned, breaded with a special coating, fried to a golden brown, topped with homemade “7C” marinara sauce, coated with fresh mozzarella cheese then baked. It all comes served over a very satisfying serving of linguine pasta & homemade “7C” marinara sauce. All I needed was a few sprinkles of hot peppers, garlic powder & grated cheese, OMFG, I just died & went to Italian heaven, this was better than any chicken dish I ever tasted.
After my spectacular dinner, a meal fit for a king, my crazy freakin azz just had to meet the master chef of these exdronary entrees. After traveling to the kitchen area, I could not believe my eyez, cause standing in front of me was a good friend from my foodie past, “Bob DeLange” is the head chef of the “7C Lounge” & a great culinary genus. Let me fill you in with a few thingz about my boy Bob, he started cooking at the young age of 14 years old in a local pizza shop named “Gina’s”. Then went onto restaurant cooking school, and got a job with a French bistro named the “The Blue Angel”, from there he moved over to the “Philadelphia Fish & Company” also on Chestnut Street in center city. Bob’s resume is highlighted with other places under his belt like the “Pine Valley Golf Club Resort”, “The Wharf” In Wildwood & “Pasiano’s” Philly Style. This is one phenomenal chef & I personally have enjoyed his cooking on many occasions.
I gotta give a big shout out to the very knowledgeable servers & waitress staff, which includes “Colleen”, “Bridget”, “Judy”, “Brittany” & “Danielle”. All of you gurlz seriously rocked out your job & the part of an energetic, pleasant & very informational about the menu items, which is a huge plus. There is no way I can write about the “7C Lounge” & not talk about my gurl “Samantha Vivarina” (administrator), this gurl has a stunning personality & was my personal paparazzi the night I was there, then I found my mug shot on the “Phila FOP5 7C Lounge” facebook page, I am still cracking up.
Right now, the “7C Lounge” is open 7 days a week for dining & adult beverages from 7am to 3am. Thursday evenings are “Ladies Night” with $2 Twisted Tea bottles & $4 Martinis from 8pm to 10pm, along with live entertainment music. On Friday & Saturday nights, the “7C” is jumping with a DJ dance music party from 9pm to 3am. Future events include “Bike Night Mondays” for all my motorcycle friendz & “Hard Shell Crab Night” is coming very soon, so keep your eyez open.
On May 18, 2013 (Saturday afternoon) from 3pm to 7pm, you must attend the Philadelphia FOP Lodge #5 Police Survivors Fund Benefit, this is the 17th year for this outstanding event. All of the proceeds go to this fund that supports the families of the fine police officers (heroes) that were killed in the line of duty. I personally attend this event every year & this is the first time it will be in far northeast Philly @ The FOP Lodge #5, with events both inside & outside venues. Just $30 includes draft beer, food buffet, $2 well drinks, silent auction, 50/50’s, Chinese raffle, DJ music & 6 live bands. Please get your azz to this event, support this cause & let do a few shotz in memory of these fine men & women who gave their lives.
I don’t really need to rate the “7C Lounge” on my “Roundhouse Ron” scale of local eateries, cause this place is freakin awesome & to be honest I have attended a few events & parties already here, with each time being a very delightful & refreshing pleasure, that was so very needed in the northeast area of Philadelphia. Not if, but when you go to the “7C”, please make sure you tell them your boy “Roundhouse Ron” sent you ;-}
You seriously gotta stop by the “7C Lounge”, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154, 215.676.HERO (4376), they can also be found on social media @ facebook, just go to: “Phila FOP5 7C Lounge & Heroes Ballroom”. Or check out their website link: “www.fop5.org/hall/catering”. “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Drinks, The “7C Lounge” & Heroes Ballroom Have All The Bases Covered”