002_2Ashley Sywulak
From: Squirrel Murphy’s Irish Pub
Warminster Pa
Ashley works at Squirrel Murphys on Saturday(day) shift from 11 am to 6 pm and also on Sunday(day) 11 am to 6 pm. She has a gift and that is her outgoing personality along with her cool style of bartending. She has
many regular fans that  stop by to see her behind the bar each week. Ashley stands in at 5′ 7” and has blonde hair and green eyes. She has been tending the bar for the last two years and she is gearing up to graduate Nursing School this coming May. We wish he luck in the the medical profession. and she just has
a magical way with people. She will do well.  She grew up in Levittown Pa and is now a resident of Southampton.
HOBBIES: Hangin’ out with her friends and checking out area bars and clubs. She likes to dance. She also  loves live music. Her favorite band is ” Grape Street Riot” one good reason is that this is he brother’s band.She shows him the support and gets out to see them play as much as she can.
ON MUSIC: Likes all kinds of music and also likes some great rock n roll
ON SPORTS:  The Phillies are tops!
Favorite drinks to serve:
“Call me a beer girl,” Ashley says. – “I love serving Miller Lite”  and as far as a favorite drink – she like’s Cherry Vodka and Diet

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Bootleggers is the place to be and on FAT TUESDAY the doors opened up early in the am and the place
was packed…at night Snookie from the Jersey Shore came by to host two hours and had so much fun stayed till they closed the place down…she made many friends and just loved the crowds at Bootleggers in Woodlyn Pa..Check out some of these photos given to us by the staff.
Bootleggers is gearing up for the spring and their deck is getting ready to open…See their schedule in this issue of the OOT: For more – see them online at: www.ootweb.com or at:  www.BootleggersUSA.com
Best bands and promotions can be found here  weekly at this hot spot in Delco!

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By Helene

IMG_0289Curran’s Irish Inn just opened their third entity! Now they are 3x the FUN! The newest inn is located in Palmyra, NJ, at 5 West Broad Street, right over the Tacony-Palmyra bridge and this place is off the hook! Same great food, service, entertainment and drinks, including “Taste of Ireland”, a wide variety of Irish Whiskeys and beers that you can try each day! And Mikey V. from OOT will be there every Friday for the biggest After Work Dance Party to start your weekend off right! Curran’s two other locations are located at 6900 State Road in Philly and on Route 13 in Bensalem! You can go to any of these locations and know that you will have one helluva good time-any day of the week!  They are open from 11:00 am to 2:00 am and the kitchen is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm weekdays and until midnight on the weekends. Talking about food…Curran’s Palmyra has the best wings-Hands Down! Check out their famous Pudgy wings and they just added Fathead’s Seafood (yum!) and other daily food specials. Every Wednesday nite you can get those fabulous wings for just 35 cents each; can’t beat that anywhere!  And they have great drink specials, and entertainment like Quizzo, Acoustic and Full band acts, DJ music, Karaoke and look out for Bar Bingo coming soon! Every 17th of each month, Curran’s celebrates St. Patty’s Day with a whole bunch of fun stuff going on! Check out their website for up-to-date events and specials at all three locations at www.curransirishinn.com Don’t wait another minute longer and come on over to Curran’s newest Irish Inn in Palmyra and look out for the Grand Opening event in the next issue of OOT!

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securedownloadPHILADELPHIA, PA – This year, Philly Beer Week (PBW) is back in a big way – so big that it will host a special Philly Beer Week(end) from Friday, March 12 to Sunday, March 14.  This weekend event, set to coincide with the anniversary of 2009’s successful Philly Beer Week, will serve as a lead-up to America’s most prominent and exciting – and best-attended – beer festival, PBW 2010, scheduled this year to take place from Friday, June 4 until Sunday, June 13.  Already-scheduled PBW(end) events are listed below, but for up-to-date information, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org.

“Many participants just couldn’t wait until June, so we’ve coordinated this special one-year anniversary event to commemorate all the fun we were having at this time last year and tide us over until this summer’s celebration,” says PBW founder and noted beer columnist and author Don “Joe Sixpack” Russell.  “It’s our little tribute to PBW 2009 and a great excuse to enjoy some great beer here in America’s best beer-drinking city while we anxiously await the Opening Tap of PBW 2010.”

PBW(end) events will be anchored by two major happenings:  The Sixth-Annual Brewers Plate, a festival that partners craft brewers with the region’s top chefs and offers guests an unparalleled food-and-beer-pairing experience with proceeds donated to charity;  and The First-Annual Craft Beer Express, a chartered bus tour of eight top beer bars, each of which is hosting a special PBW(end) event, featuring transportation between each bar on private buses that will depart every half hour all day long.

Friday, March 12:

“City Tavern Celebrates the Ales of the Revolution!” City Tavern (138 South 2nd Street), available all day, beginning at 11:30 a.m., $45 – join chef/proprietor Walter Staib for a special menu honoring Yards Brewing Company’s ‘Ales of the Revolution’ beers

“IPAs Greatest Hits,” Sidecar Bar & Grille (2201 Christian Street), available all day, beginning at 3 p.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring special pricing on famed IPAs, ideal for side-by-side tasting comparisons

“Meet Latis Imports,” London Grill (2301 Fairmount Avenue), 6 p.m. – 12 midnight, “Pay as you go” – featuring special pricing on Belgian draught beers including the nation’s best seller and Kriek’s popular cherry lambic

“Ommegang and Duvel,” The Belgian Café (601 North 21st Street), 7 p.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring hard-to-find offerings from Ommegang and Duvel, including draughts, with Philadelphia market representative Megan Maguire available for Q&A

“Pour Your Own Guinness,” O’Neal’s (611 South 3rd Street), 9 p.m., “Pay as you go” – learn to pour Guinness like a pro and compete for the “Best Pour” prize

“Firkin Friday,” Good Dog Bar (224 South 15th Street), 7 p.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring a firkin from Yards Brewing Company

Saturday, March 13:

“The First-Annual Craft Beer Express,” various locations, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., pick-ups every half-hour, $15 for non-stop on-off bus transportation, plus “Pay as you go” at each bar – an eight-bar “craft beer bus tour,” featuring ferry buses with on-board “beer ambassadors” between stops that include:  Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Avenue) “Stout Brunch”;  Standard Tap (901 North 2nd Street) “Big Wood Weekend”;  The Institute (549 North 12th Street) “Beastly-Good Barleywines”;  Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street) “Stoudt’s Debut of Karnival Kolsch”;  Devil’s Den (1148 South 11th Street) “Cheese and Beer Pairing, featuring Duvel and Ommegang”;  Jose Pistola’s (263 South 15th Street) “Ithaca Brewing Brunch”;  Kite and Key (1836 Callowhill Street) “Around the Clock with Dogfish Head’s IPAs”;  and Sidecar Bar & Grille (2201 Christian Street) “The Double IPA Event”.

“City Tavern Celebrates the Ales of the Revolution!” City Tavern (138 South 2nd Street), available all day, beginning at 11:30 a.m., $45 – join chef/proprietor Walter Staib for a special menu honoring Yards Brewing Company’s ‘Ales of the Revolution’ beers

“Russian River Keg Tap,” Tria (123 South 18th Street; 1137 Spruce Street), 12 noon, “Pay as you go” – featuring two kegs of rare Russian River beers: Pliny the Younger (Wash West location) and Supplication (Rittenhouse location)

“Philly Beer Crawl Day,” McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury Street), 12 noon, “Pay as you go” – featuring green beer and “green cheer” at Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating tavern

“Scandinavian Ski Saturday Draft,” The Belgian Café (601 North 21st Street), 4 p.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring Scandinavian draughts from Nogne-O Brewery in Norway, Mikkeler in Denmark and Sinebrychoff in Finland

“Kick the Keg Night,” London Grill (2301 Fairmount Avenue), 6 p.m. – 12 midnight, “Pay as you go” – featuring Stoudt’s Willie Sutton Lager and special incentive pricing to “kick the kegs” and make way for spring beers

“Iron Hill Beer Dinner,” Swift Half Pub (1001 North 2nd Street), 7 p.m., $55 – featuring a four-course menu of Chef Jessica O’Donnell’s innovative pub fare paired with beers from Iron Hill Lancaster’s Paul Rutherford

“A Fermentable Love Fest,” The Belgian Café (601 North 21st Street), 7 p.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring flights of Duvel and Ommegang beers paired with various cheeses, as well as sampling and giveaways

“Feats of Strength & Weakness,” The Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Avenue), 8 p.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring brewery reps competing in feats of physical and mental strength while their lowest-octane beers compete in a feat of weakness to determine best session beer

Sunday, March 14:

“IPAs Greatest Hits,” Sidecar Bar & Grille (2201 Christian Street), available all day, beginning at 10:30 a.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring special pricing on famed IPAs, ideal for side-by-side tasting comparisons “Big Wood Weekend,” Standard Tap (901 North 2nd Street), 11 a.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring special pricing and availability of wood-smoked and wood barrel-aged beers

“St. Patty’s Parade Beerfest,” O’Neal’s (611 South 3rd Street), 11 a.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring local and microbrews on draught and in bottles, as well as Irish favorites

“3rd-Annual Stone Brunch,” Teresa’s Café & Next Door (124-6 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA), 11 a.m., “Pay as you go” – featuring Stone Brewing Company’s beers and brunch foods

“City Tavern Celebrates the Ales of the Revolution!” City Tavern (138 South 2nd Street), available all day, beginning at 11:30 a.m., $45 – join chef/proprietor Walter Staib for a special menu honoring Yards Brewing Company’s ‘Ales of the Revolution’ beers

“St Patty’s Day Parade Warm-Up,” McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury Street), 12 noon, “Pay as you go” – featuring green beer and “green cheer” at Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating tavern

“Sixth-Annual Brewers Plate,” Penn Museum (3260 South Street), 4 p.m., $55 – a beer-lovers’ favorite that pairs dozens of locally brewed ales and lagers with dishes created by the region’s top restaurants.  Proceeds benefit the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market, a year-round venue for local, humane producers, growers, farmers and fishers to sell their wares.  For more information, please visit www.thebrewersplate.org.

PBW 2009 included five major festivals, all of which sold out in advance and brought out an estimated number of 8,000 beer lovers.  The other 670-plus events, spread among the 156 participating breweries, restaurants, bars and distributors, drew standing-room-only crowds into venues as diverse as local pubs, breweries, restaurants and event spaces.  Special collaborations between area hotels and public transportation drew out-of-town guests to the region; SEPTA reported selling 1,500 all day, citywide passes for public transit over the course of the 2009 celebration.

Following PBW(end), the entire Philly Beer Week Web site will re-launch with complete details on PBW 2010, including event listings as they are added.  In the meantime, for more information about PBW(end), a list of events, or more on getting involved in PBW 2010, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org.


By:  Krista Doran

OOT_secondmajesty_promopicIt is so nice to see that some of the newer cover bands are starting to “get it.”  Over the course of the last few years, the flood gates have opened and so many cover bands have formed, all seeming to play the same music everyone else is playing.  For those of us that like to go out and see live music, this really tends to get monotonous and quite boring.  When a band takes the time to really look at what they are playing and make an effort to please all levels of music lovers, it can really excite people and help them enjoy the music that much more.  One band that we took notice to, and who is really making an effort to be different is Second Majesty.

The band was first noticed down in Atlantic City by our Chief, Mike Vagnoni.  He was automatically drawn to them by their exceptional musicianship.  When he told me about the band, I took a listen and I really liked what I heard.  I spoke to lead singer and guitarist, Kyle Herring and was impressed by the bands fresh attitude about playing cover songs.  “We are a cover band convinced we are an original band” says Kyle, who started out playing his original music as a solo artist in the area and on Local Shots Live.  The band formed when Kyle attended a showcase and his other band mates, Ed, Mike and Phil were playing as a trio.  The four of them really seemed to mesh well from the start and each member offers a unique individuality all of their own.  “The music we play tends to be newer stuff, from the 90’s to now and sometimes we’ll throw in some older tunes, depending on the crowd,” says Kyle.  “We are definitely suckers for more poppy tunes with an alternative edge.”

Second Majesty has only been together about a year but has already made a huge impact on the live music scene.  Managed by Shore Bets, this band can be seen anywhere from PA down to DE and are now playing every other Wednesday night at Klondike Kate’s, one of Newark DE’s hotspots.  I asked Kyle what he felt they had to offer as a live cover band and he explained that they have a really big sound for a four piece band.  “We don’t use any type of sequencing and our bass player can play bass and keys at the same time.”  This is definitely something you don’t see every day and is certainly worth checking out!  “We spend a lot of time really learning the material we chose to play,” says Kyle.  “Our lead guitarist, Ed McKenna has a studio right in his home so we can take as much time as we need to learn things right.  We will not “half-ass” anything.  This approach has paid off for us because many people have told us we sound just like the original version.”

Second Majesty is definitely a band that takes the initiative to connect with the crowds, too.  As Kyle explained, “We stand out and we love to play music together. We play from the heart and we take the time to talk to everyone who comes out to see us.  We want them to know how much we appreciate them.”

You can catch Second Majesty playing at great venues like Brownie’s 23 East in Ardmore, Paddy Whacks in Philly and the Gypsy Bar at the Borgato Casino in Atlantic City, just to name a few.  If you would like to book the band, you can contact Shore Bets at 215-884-HELP and you can visit their website now to take a listen at www.myspace.com/secondmajesty.  Their rendition of “I Shot the Sheriff” is awesome!  The band is Kyle Herring, lead vocals and guitar, Ed McKenna lead guitar and vocals, Mike Joy, bass guitar and keys and Phil Seshens on drums and percussion.  Check them out now!

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By Patty-Pat Kozlowski

iron_sign-smI’m doing a lot of research on the Great Potato Famine, you know, when almost 1.5 million Irish starved to death or died of disease in the mid 1800’s when their only source of food and economy, their potato crops, were festered with blight and rot. And while the Irish starved to death and some left their Emerald Isle to just survive, the government still strangled them with taxes, refused them relief and food assistance and oppressed them socially, religiously and inhumanely as they rotted like those damned potatoes.

But enough of my history lessons. It was very ironic that after researching the Great Potato Famine that the chance to review Fishtown’s Hot Potato Café’ came into play. Owned and operated by sisters and sister-in-law Claire, Kathy and Erin Keller, the BYOB sits on Girard Avenue watching the 15 trolley pass in the shadow of I-95. It also was featured in the guillotine like hot seat reality show, Kitchen Nightmares, starring Chef Gordon Ramsey.

Did you happen to catch that episode for the season premiere? 3.28 million people watched Fishtown’s own Hot Potato Café get put under the microscope as Chef Ramsey huffed, puffed, cursed, yelled and smashed and mashed the Hot Potato Café into what it is today: A really good place to eat right in the Philadelphia Riverwards.

It’s the perfect story-the Irish and their potatoes. With a plot that goes like this-the Keller clan, a close knit Irish family sees their beloved rowhoused, sidestreeted, every-body knows every body else and their grandmother neighborhood of Fishtown starting to become gentrified and revitalized.

Sure you have your corner delis, pizza places, luncheonettes and fast food joints, but what about having a good place to get something to eat, somewhere to just walk to with a bottle of wine and enjoy your dinner without leaving the zip code or Girard Avenue?

Kathy Keller had a food and hospitality background, working the kitchen and catering facilities for Finnegan’s Wake and Claire had the hospitality background working for the Hyatt and Four Seasons. And the passion to bring comfort food, their family comfort food-from their Irish upbringing and their kitchens onto Girard Avenue lit a fire in them.

So in March of 2007, Hot Potato Café opened its doors next to a used car lot on Girard Avenue and people were talking about the homemade, freshly fried hot potato chips, the addicting buffalo chicken dip and what about that chunky and filling hot potato soup? But the novelty of a new restaurant in the hood wore off and as anyone in the business can tell you, running a restaurant ain’t easy. Corners were cut, diners thinned out, it was hard to keep talented staff. Good wait staff need to survive on tips, and if the tips aren’t there because nobody is eating there, well the ship starts to sink.

A bad food review in the Philadelphia Weekly newspaper prompted the second to last nail in the coffin. Meanwhile, since opening, Hot Potato Café hadn’t turned a profit. An anonymous tipster, contacted the television reality show Kitchen Nightmares and asked Chef Ramsey to consider visiting Philadelphia and whipping Hot Potato Café into shape.

You think Chef Ramsey likes to curse? Well, he was no match for the Keller Clan! But this story isn’t about Chef Ramsey. It’s about giving Hot Potato Café another chance at life-same thing back in the 1850’s when Irish mommies bundled up their Irish babes in rags and boarded barely seaworthy vessels for a better life and sailed away from the only home they knew-not for a second chance, but an only chance at survival. Because if they stayed where they were, they would certainly perish. Keller’s don’t perish.

Launching a new menu and a new passion the Hot Potato Café has refused to starve, has refused to rot. The re-launch of their Hot Potato Soup which used to be chunky, lumpy and topped with bacon and cheese is now a silky smooth creamy drink finished with sour cream and fresh chives atop.

For those of you who like chunky soup (I’m in that group) there is the Fishtown Chowder, which at first sounds like a soccer move concocted on the knee ripping fields of Newt’s Playground back in the day when real boys played on cinders (and still do) instead of lush, soft green, green grass.

But the Fishtown Chowder is a cup of cream soup swimming with bacon, onions, calms and slices of potatoes that goes great for lunch or dinner when your City gets hit with back to back snowstorms measuring over 56 inches of (insert Chef Ramsey and Keller sister’s obscenity here) white stuff.

And I like Hot Potato Café’s nod to the Polish dumpling called the Perogie. Filled with mashed potato, salt and pepper and then blanketed up in a dough cover (it’s the Polski ravioli!) the Hot Potato doesn’t try to be hip and chic and bastardize a simple, comfort food. They fry these little Polonia footballs up in butter and carmelized onions and serve them with a dollop of sour cream.

Want to know what 9 out of 10 ladies talk about when they’re at a wedding, shower, birthday party? How they make their potato salad. Really. Do they use Hellman’s Mayo or Miracle Whip? Do they dice celery or onions? Do they put boiled eggs in there or mustard? Yep, the ladies can be fighting over something horrid and all it takes is one of them to say, “Did you taste this potato salad?” and everything settles down and they all grab a fork. And they all think their potato salad is the best. And they’re all correct.

The New Wave Potato Salad at the Hot Potato uses red and purple potatoes and tosses them with green beans, feta cheese bullets and olives to make a really unique spin on such a staple of a dish. You won’t get this at your block party this summer in a Tupperware bowl so make sure to order this salad stand out.

The namesake screams for Hot Potatoes and the Keller girls do deliver. There are five different loaded hot potatoes on the menu starting with a simple sour cream, cheddar, chive and bacon called the Traditional to the Chili Joe with minced beef, onions, tomatoes, peppers, beans and cheddar which will give you a one way ticket to sleeping on the couch that night, got that Tooty?

In between, the Philly Cheesesteak Hot Potato works with the shredded steak, onions, mushrooms and peps and so does the Florentine, a little kick of a tater filled with spinach, roasted peps, sautéed onions and parmesan cheese.

For dinner,  try the Steak Frites, a really well done 10 ounce strip covered in herb butter and stacked with parmesan fries like a haystack that was worth the $19 price (the most expensive on the menu) as well as the Pan Seared Crabcakes (with nice big chunks of crab) served with a catchy remoulade that I wanted to dip my fries in. If its comfort food you want, I know Shepherd’s Pie isn’t exciting and that’s because its not supposed to be but the Keller’s mince lamb and rosemary for a new twist on the ground beef and mashed potato original and cover their creations with a parmesan crusted top coat will make it worth your while.

So what’s that old Irish saying? Foolme once, Shame on you. Fool me twice, Shame on me. The Hot Potato Café deserves another chance and if they don’t bring to the table what they have proven on national television what they are capable of-then shame on them.

Hot Potato Café, 529 E. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (215)-425-0905

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We have some of the best Irish Bars in the region in the latest OOT. Real Irish locations!CHECK IT OUT NOW!PLACES LIKE

Paddy Whacks, Currans in Palmyra, Currans in Bensalem , Currans in Philly, Maggies Waterfront Cafe, The O’ Whiskey Tango, Mc  Bootleggers, RP MMurphys, Finnigans Wake ( the biggest Irish Bar around) Sweeneys Saloon, Mc Noodles, The O’ Franks Sports Bar,  Squirrel Murphys, Harrigans Irish Pub, Hazys, Mc Stews, Calloways, Caspers, Hammerheasds,  Roosevelts, JT’s Phila House, The Road House, Mc Stadiums, O’ 5 Points, O’ Fairless Hills, O’ Street Road, The O’ Linden, O’ Dunlaps, and the O’ Andalusia, The Ashton Pub,Pikes Pub, the Three Monkeys, The Fireside, The Bog Side, and we also have bars like: O’Michaels , Mc 3 Sixty, Mc Cazz’s, O’ Deans Casmirris, Mc Penthouse, O’ Ball Park and Mc Double Visions…also we have the big Mc Red Stallion and the O’ Karma.  See everyone is Irish ON St Patricks Day… Check out our very special Out On The Town for only the best bars and clubs with each Issue …online and in your face at area locations.

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