By: Krista Doran
At the corners of State and Washington Streets in Historic Newtown Borough is a wonderful place called The Temperance House. “The Temp” as many of their regular patrons lovingly call it, is not just a local tavern. The tradition of the Temperance House began in 1772, when soldier and scholar Andrew McMinn first opened the inn. Since then, The Temperance House has seen many different proprietors and has been used as a meeting place where drinks, ice cream and even oysters have been served to the locals. The Temperance House is steeped in history and today owned and operated by Carlene and Pat Deon, who still maintain “The Temp’s” love of Newtown’s colorful heritage.
As you walk in either of the entrances, you immediately feel its charm. The Temperance House has so much to offer as a tavern, restaurant and an inn, and its casual elegance is just a reminder that once inside, you are going to experience something special. The culinary team of chefs James Hagan and Derek Fields are always creating new and exciting dishes to please every palate, even accommodating those who choose gluten-free foods or are vegetarians. The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of all the wonderful meats, seafood and vegetables that are available at the time. The best way to describe the food would be American, but it definitely has an international fusion flare. Both chefs are very thoughtful when considering which delights to offer guests, even taking time to consider Chinese New Year and other Holidays important to many. The food is always fresh, always delicious and very reasonably priced. Lunch specials start at just $6.00, and dinners start at just $14.00. The portions are large and very satisfying. The staff is absolutely wonderful, too, always making sure all guests are comfortable and content.
A night at The Temperance House, whether you are there for just drinks, dinner or a weekend stay is certainly going to be memorable. The building itself is beautifully maintained. Considering its age, you will never see cracks, broken trim or flooring anywhere. Mr. and Mrs. Deon love this building and it shows. They have taken great care to see that it is continuously cleaned and maintained to keep its charm and beauty. From elegant fireplaces in the dining rooms, to the beautifully appointed stained glass art and light fixtures, “The Temp” is the place to be in Newtown. It is definitely a favorite among locals, and can accommodate up to 150 people at one time. It’s a great place to have a party and if you are looking for a place to host a wedding, shower, fundraiser, life celebration or any type of event, the party “dream team,” headed by Manager Erica Darragh and Event Coordinator Kim Carney, is at your disposal. Erica and Kim will create a party as simple or as extravagant as you desire, always bringing that “Wow Factor” into all that they do. If a max capacity of 150 is too small for your event, no problem! They do off-site catering as well and can do anything from an office cocktail party, a fun luau or themed event to an elegant grill party with steaks and lobsters! You dream it, they make it happen! There is no event too big or too small for them to handle and everything from carving stations, to gorgeous flowers and centerpieces, amazing desserts and specialty drinks are handled to meet your individual specifications. The Temperance House has catered many wonderful off-site charity events too. In fact, every year they cater a fundraiser for their own personal charity, Pennsylvania Special Olympics. In the past 8 years, there has been over $250k raised for this wonderful cause! The 9th Annual Fundraiser will be held on June 20th, 2012 at the Makefield Highland Golf Course. If you need details or want to participate, please call Erica at 215-860-9975.
Something that is unique to The Temperance House and a favorite among cigar aficionados is their cigar, cognac and scotch selections. They also play host to many cigar events throughout the year and it’s the perfect place for the guys to have a special night of cigars, food and a scotch tasting. You can even book one of their 5 private rooms for your smoking pleasure! It’s perfect for an upscale bachelor party or guys night out. There are not many places that cater to the cigar lovers but The Temperance House certainly does, offering a fine in-house selection. If you prefer a special brand of cigar to smoke in the tavern, there are also local smoke shops within walking distance. The inn upstairs is the perfect place for an overnight or weekend stay for people traveling through the area, or even just a quiet get-away. The Temp’s 13 nicely appointed rooms are completely remodeled, comfortable and inviting. These spacious rooms all have private baths and are ideal for wedding parties.
There is always something fun going on at The Temperance House! If you love live music, it is the only place in Newtown that hosts the area’s top bands in all genres including Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Top 40 and Acoustic. Wednesday through Saturday the place is always hopping with a great looking people who like to have fun. They offer some really spectacular specials featuring half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine from 5-7 pm every day of the week. Week day specials are: Monday – half price appetizers from 5-9 pm, Tuesday – “Tini Tuesday” with $5 house martinis, Wednesdays – $5 glasses of house wine, Thursdays – $2 domestic drafts and $3 Craft beers. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7 pm – half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine. Weekend day food specials are $1 Hot Dogs on Saturday $4 Cheese steaks (Beef or Chicken) on Sunday. Make The Temperance House your place to watch the Flyers play and enjoy $3 Stellas during all games. Other events that The Temperance House is known for are their Wednesday Jazz Celebrations, Special 4 Course Tasting Menus, and The NFL Draft with Merrill Reese of WBCB and draft expert Tom Hepler. On Easter and Mother’s Day, a beautiful and elegant brunch is offered that the whole family will enjoy. The next big event on the agenda is Valentine’s Day, so why not make plans now? The Temperance House will be offering a very special and romantic evening featuring a special dinner menu, running 2/10 through 2/14. For “The Temp’s St. Patty’s Celebration” Celtic Pride will be performing from 8 – Midnight on Friday 3/16/12. There will be traditional Irish food and beer specials. Reservations are required for all special events! For all events and information about specials please visit their website at www.temperancehouse.com.
The Temperance House offers so many great ways for you, your friends and family to enjoy its elegantly casual atmosphere, professional and welcoming staff, fresh and delicious food and top notch entertainment. It’s the “total package” when it comes to restaurant/bars, and is hands-down, the jewel of Newtown Borough! I highly suggest you go try The Temperance House. You will be glad you did!
Mamma D’s: Restaurant Possible!
By James D’Arcangelo
This spring, a team of strangers wielding hammers and crowbars descended on Mamma D’s Restaurant in Pipersville, and took the place apart in no time. The crew’s leader, a burly, surly, overly-muscular, in-your-face, determined type looked on and barked orders, tolerating no nonsense. Restaurant owner Luigi Desiato, looked on sadly while tears welled up in his wife’s, Liz’s, eyes.
Such is the experience when a restaurant (willingly!) undergoes the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” challenge, opening its doors to a complete make-over done by restaurateur expert and chef, Robert Irvine, and his design team.
In the weekly show, the owner of a struggling restaurant seeks help from the Food Network. The result is a literal dissection of the restaurant – the menu is scrutinized, the owner is roasted, the staff is disciplined and the restaurant is changed beyond recognition. But, if the owner can push through the painful, tear-jerking process, the result is a brand-new-looking elite restaurant, an updated menu, a changed-for-the-better mindset, and a prolific kitchen that churns out dish after dish (“fresh, fast and great-tasting,” per Irvine). While the pressure on the owner is unfathomable, Irvine and his team are hard-pressed, too – they have to finish the transformation in less than 48 hours, within a confining budget of $10,000.
As background, the Food Network is a booming TV phenomenon, with growing viewership and demographics that range from moms who seek creative twists to traditional dinners, to shows honoring America’s finest foods and restaurants (like “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” on which the Pineville Tavern, located in Pineville, PA, was featured last spring, and has since turned into a local hot spot pulsating with happy customers), to teens who love to watch restaurants get destroyed and immediately resurrected, which perfectly describes “Restaurant Impossible.”
Luigi and Liz Desiato described how his family had bought the restaurant fifteen years before and had sunk over $1,000,000 into their restaurant, and were losing money at rapid and extreme rates. His attempts to pull in customers by combining a petting zoo and a wine store with the restaurant were not working. So he asked for help.
Irvine, a man who has seen it all, dubbed Mamma D’s “one of the most unusual challenges ever.” He called the store at the entryway “a cornucopia of garbage,” and had much worse to say about the petting zoo concept and decor. They all had to go. Much as Luigi was wedded to his dream, as he saw the restaurant in its old form, he understood change must come in the makeover process that he described as “gut-wrenching” and “heart-breaking.”
But Irvine saw key assets. The on-site winery was crucial, as was Luigi’s son, Nick, who had graduated as a chef from the Culinary Institute and was originally under-used in the kitchen. Irvine told Luigi, “you’re fired as the head chef of the restaurant” and “your son is capable of doing the things you think he is not. He’s in charge of the kitchen.” While normally blunt statements like these would either infuriate or sadden many, Luigi took it all in stride: “In my mind, I kept thinking that this makeover is free, and whenever someone gives you something for free — whether it be a massage or even a restaurant makeover — just take it and run with it. While it was sad to see the old restaurant taken apart and rebuilt, the end product is great.”
In every way, Irvine and his crew did their job. Mamma D’s is now, per Irvine, a restaurant of “simple elegance, with rustic Italian feel,” housing a modern and sleek wine store. And sales are up 50% since change.
Last Wednesday, a party of over 125 friends, family, satisfied “returnees” and excited new-comers gathered at Mamma D’s to celebrate the world premiere of the “Mamma D’s” episode. And what a party it was! Scott Fisher, owner of the Fisher’s Ace Hardware in Plumsteadville, where Irvine’s design crew got the paint needed to re-do the restaurant’s walls, and his wife Donna, two regulars at Mamma D’s, were extremely content with the changes: “It is a nice and fresh update, and very exciting for the hard-working, dedicated owners and staff. Mamma D’s went from farm-like and cozy to warm and up-scale, with European accents. We all love the changes, and will remain regulars here!” The standing room-only crowd at the premiere event buzzed when the show came on. But the food made them rave more. Danielle Heidenreich, a newbie Mamma D’s fan who learned about the show’s feature on the Food Network via the Intelligencer, praised the Panzanella salad and the godly tiramisu. She noted that the ambiance matches the food perfectly, as they are both “elite and up-scale, yet cozy and homey at the same time.”
I sampled the creamy Leek and Fennel Soup, the crespelle (thin, crispy crepes with creamy spinach-ricotta filling with a roasted red pepper sauce) and the traditional Chicken Parmigiana – all of which were extremely hearty and delicious.
So take the time to head out to Mamma D’s to experience, first-hand, the powerful and life-changing shifts the restaurant has undergone. But, trust me, once you step in, you won’t want to leave!
Be sure to tune in on the Food Network on November 30 at 10pm and December 7 at 9pm for re-run airings of Restaurant: Impossible, Mamma D’s style!
CHOW284 has been open for 6 months now and has become the go-to guy for Feasterville residents when they’re hungry. CHOW284 features a global American menu with dishes inspired by countries all over the world. There’s not another place you can find a quality burger, burrito and lo Mein dish all on the same menu.
Aside from the established spread, CHOW284 stocks over 40 different beers. New beers frequent the coolers to keep the menu fresh. You can kind all of your favorite craft brews, such as Victory, Philadelphia Brewing, Yards, Magic Hat and Troegs and staple imports like Baltika, Franziskaner and Chimay.
The bar also sports a one-of-a-kind wine pouring system that literally pours the perfect glass every time. Each bottle is kept at its optimal temperature. The cabinets replace the oxygen in the bottle and replaced with argon.
Not only is it difficult to find such a delectable cuisine and formidable beer selection in the same establishment, but CHOW284 also has a plethora of entertainment on a weekly basis. They host free poker tournaments with cash prizes every Monday, Quizzo on Wednesday, live music every weekend as well as wine pairings, fundraisers and beer tastings.
CHOW284 has quickly become the trendy spot in Bucks County to feast. The ideal combination of an innovative food/drink menu and plenty of entertainment leave you always wanting more.284 E St Rd
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From the latest > “Out On The Town Entertainment Guide“*Sept 28th thru to October 19th Listings: * Additional add on listings from requested placement by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES:
Harrigan’s Irish Pub – Warminster Pa
The Stadiums’ Bar and Grill ( All locations)*Fairless Hills, Levittown,Andalusia/Bensalem, Bristol, NE Phila
Scruples /Gentlemens Club at the Oakford Inn/ Neshaminy area
The Brunswick Zone – Feasterville
Richies – Warminster
The Penguin Club – Warminster
The Wet Whistle – Jenkintown
The Drake Tavern – Jenkintown
The Glenside Tavern – Glenside
*New – Chow 284 – Feasterville
Cazz’s Sports Bar & Grille – Levittown
The Fireside Beef & Ale – Feasterville
The Road House – Newportville
Gleason’s Bar -Levittown
TR’s Sports Bar -Bristol
Marie’s Kozy Corner
Buffalo Wild Wings
Frank’s Sports Bar in Feasterville
Mc Stews Irish Sports Bar – Levittown
Double Visions – Horsham Pa
Tattletales – Levittown Pa
Dean Casmirri’s Colonial Inn – Hulmeville Pa
Tony’s Place -Ivyland
Curran’s Irish Inn – Bensalem Pa
Kenny’s Spirited Eatery – Southampton
The Temperance House – Newtown
The Green Parrott – Newtown
The Club House – Newtown
The Dog & Bull Music and Brew Pub – Croydon
Hazy’s – Feasterville
Club Risque – Bristol & Phila (Both locations) NE and Center City
The Bethayers Tavern
Calloways – Huntingdon Valley
E’s Irish Inn – Warminster
The Red Stallion – Warminster
Big Heads Sports Bars ( All locations- Warminster, Bensalem, Holland, WillowGrove, Plumsteadville,)
PJ Whelihans – Blue Bell
The Capri -Levittown
Hurricane Jacks – Levittown
Da Bar Restaurant and Lounge – Levittown
Chickie’s & Pete’s Parx Casino/ Bensalem
Buffalo Wild Wings – Oxford Valley/Langhorne area
Brady’s Irish Pub inside the – Holiday Inn/ Langhorne/Trevose Area
*Brady’s Irish Pubs – (Bensalem and Croydon)
Paulies Place – Pendel
The Irish Rover – Pendel
Miller’s Ale House – Langhorne
The Buck Hotel – Feasterville
The E- House – Eddington/ Bensalem
Debbie’s Place – Warminster
Reese’s – Warminster
Sporty Mike’s – Warminster
The Final Score – Bensalem
The Hulmeville Inn – Hulmeville
Sports bars at PARX CASINO/ 360 lounge and Center Casino Bar area
NE PHILA – CENTER CITY – OLDE CITY, NOTHERN LIBERTIES – MANAYUNK
KATIE O’ DONNELL’s NE ( Near Franklin Mills Mall area)
The 3 Monkeys NE (Torresdale area)
Mc Noodles NE
Lenighans’ Irish Pubs NE
La Casa Di Lucia NE
Bonks ( Port Richmond)
The Post Office
NICK’S ROAST BEEF – Cottman Ave Location (Also) 2nd street location. Add in South Phila Location
Finnigan’s Wake – Nothern Liberties
PYT – Nothern Liberties
Kings Oak Nothern Liberties
The Standard Tap Nothern Liberties
The Rockledge Pub
The Grey Lodge
The Rhawnhurst Cafe
The Bog Side Irish Pub
JT’s Philadelphia House
Tom Foolery’s Irish Pub
The Tavern on Broad – Center City
The Blockley Pour House – University CITY
alberts cafe ./ Turbulence
General Grants Saloon
*The new Lyrics Harvard Sq Shopping Cente
Redz Bar & Grille NE
Miller’s Ale House NE
‘Out Of Wack Jack’s
Penny Gardens Saloon
Reedy’s Irish Pub
Flukes’ Bar & Restaurant
Chickies’s & Pete’s ( All Locations) NE – South Philly/ Bensalem and also NJ Locaitons at the shore and in Bordentown NJ
*Buffalo Wild Wings *New NE Location ( at the site of the old Champs)
Joe Santucci’s Bar and Grill NE
The Knights Tavern NE
Lazy Joe’s New
Spencer’s Irish Inn (the site of the old Ashton Pub)
Maggie’s Water Front Cafe NE
Paddy Whacks Irish Pub -NE & South Street
Curran’s Irish Inn -Tacony/Ne
Hammerheads – NE
Sweeney’s Saloon NE
Philly 4 Sports Bar and Restaurant/ NE
Reales’ Sports Bar & Grill NE
DAGWOODS Pub NE
The Philly Red Zone – Olde City
*SUGAR HOUSE CASINO *PHILLYS FIRST!
Mc ‘Faddens- Center City
Triumph Brewery-Olde City
Brownies Pub 2nd Street Olde City
Mc Gillians _Center City
The Irish Pub Center City
The Stadium at the Holiday INN ( South Phila)
The South Philly Bar and Grill
*IN MANAYUNK –
Kildares Irish Pub
The Manayunk Brew Pub & Restaurant
The Manayunk Diner
Media – Jack’s Tavern,
Riddle ALE House’
Old State Tavern’
The Westgate Pub
Maggie Mays Campus
IRON HILL BREWERY
69th Street Lounge
Barnabys ( ALL LOCATIONS)
C-BAr at Harrahs’ Chester
Rp Mc Murphys in Holmes
The End Zone at Harrahs’CASINO in Chester Pa
Kildars’ in West Chester
Flip & Ballys’
The Great American Pub
The SportsView Bar & Grill
RIDDLE ALE HOUSE
CAMPBELLS BOAT HOUSE
JD Mc Gillicuddys Bar & Grille
BONE FISH BAR AND GRILLE
HARRAH’s CHESTER CASINO
SOUTH JERSEY AREA
The Jug Handel Inn Pennsauken NJ
Jay’s Elbo Room
Brewesters in the Bowling Alley Rt 73
Colleen’s Pennsauken / Brunch and the Eagles
The Madison Cafe – Riverside NJ
Pinsetter Bar and Bowl Pennsauken NJ
PJ Whelihans ( ALL LOCATIONS)
The Coastline – Cherry Hill
Top Dog – Cherry Hill
Curran’s Irish Inn -Palmyra
OTT’s Medford and Wahington TWP
Main Street Pub – Vorhees
Somerdale Bar – Somerdale NJ
The Pour House
Schileen’s Pub – Turnersville
The Stone Grille Blackwood/Clementon Area
The Silver Fox Inn -Hammonton NJ
The Adelphia Deptford NJ
Richeez in Hi-Nella
The Phily Diner –
The Road House Inn
Ponzio’s Diner Cherry Hill
Kaminski’s Ale House -Cherry Hill
Kat Man Du – Trenton
* In Atlantic City Best bets ….Trump Taj Mahal and The Trump PlazaThe Golden Nugget, The Bogata, Harrah’s,The Showboat, Ceasar’s Casino, ACH Casino, Resorts Casino,Bally’s Casino.
Well these are just some of the locations we know about here at the Out On The Town….Enjoy your Sunday!
Make it special with Good Friends and Family, if you can!
Let’s Go Eagles beat them Bills!