Green Phase


Midtown Village’s OPA Pivots and Expands Drury Beer Garden

I just got a email from Cashman PR: Some exciting restaurant news! Drury Beer Garden will be re-opening on Wednesday, June 24th with a new look and completely new menu. The revamped space has expanded into the area formerly occupied by Opa and will feature outdoor and indoor seating (indoor opening Friday) and a global street-food inspired menu. The Drury Beer Garden expansion is Phase I of a two-phase project that will conclude with the return of Opa on the 2nd floor of the building in 2021.

Drury Beer Garden

·        The colorful and energetic space was re-designed by co-owners Vasiliki and George Tsiouris, with help from George’s wife Annette. Notable design features include two murals by Philadelphia artist, Paul Santoleri, a lush green canopy wall, a concert-poster collage, seven TV’s, a vintage coke machine that doubles as a backdoor, and a metal wrapped bar.

·        The new menu will feature cocktails such as the “All About the Benjamins Baby”, a whiskey cocktail featuring an edible $100 bill and the” Purple Haze Froze” made with froze, citrus vodka, and blackberry

·        Drury Beer Garden will also feature a Craftsman Row Saloon (also co-owned by George and Vasiliki) pop-up featuring their famed Milkshakes and Milkwich (details below)

·        Hours of Operation: M-F 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; S-S 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

New mural by Paul Santoleri in the former dining area

Menu features include:  


o   Cobb – grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, romaine, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, lemon vinaigrette

o   The Wedge – iceberg, sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, croutons, parmesan, ranch dressing

·        Starters

o   Octopus Ceviche – plum tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, fried plantains

o   Chicken Skewers – mango-habanero-honey sauce

Watermelon Salad– mango, goat cheese, arugula, mint, balsamic vinaigrette

o   Chicken Taco- marinated, pico de gallo, corn tortilla

·        Strombolis (A throw-back to a pizza shop that was co-owner George Tsiouris’ first business for 10 years in West Chester, PA)  

o   Italian Stromboli- cheese blend, prosciutto, mortadella, genoa, capicola

o   Cheese Stromboli- cheddar and provolone cheeses, marina o/s

o   Cheesesteak Stromboli- cheese blend, sautéed onions



·        All About The Benjamins, Baby – jim beam black, orange-cherry, bitters, edible hundred dollar bill 

·        Purple Haze Froze – froze, citrus vodka, blackberry (add-on CBD drops optional)

·        Cool as a Cucumber – cucumber vodka, lemon, dill (used to be called “Antho” at Opa, the garnish and name are different now)

·        Mango Tango Margarita- tequila, mango, lime

·        Ginning From Ear to Ear – gin, elderflower, honey, rosemary

·        Watermelon Spritz – watermelon vodka and puree, mint, basil, cava

·        Lime-Ging Mojito- rum, mint, lime, ginger 


·        Fauxito-  mint, lime, ginger 

·        Berry Tasty- Strawberry, pink peppercorns, basil, lemon 


This & That Friday: Dining Out, Philly To Do and What Does the Green Phase Mean

It’s Friday and time for another column of “This and That” where we cover what’s happening and interesting in greater Philly area. Some of these posts appeared on my Social Media, but I like to save nuggets for us on the blog as well.

Let’s just start off on a sweet note. Kory Aversa, Aversa PR and I went to Morgan’s Pier (Kory’s client) for dinner this week. The view of the Delaware River was spectacular. Folks were socially distant, masks were up when people entered the eatery and relaxed when guests sat table side. You must wear your mask if you walk around the restaurant or use the bathroom. The food was delicious, but I had the best dessert of the year there – Fluffernutter Baklava – only $6 of deliciousness. Make Reservations, I like to ask people not to use their gift cards until 2021 if possible, and to tip the servers 25% for good service. Times are tough. I even tip the folks at my favorite fast food places and Nuts To You. And please wear your mask when you pick up your fast food while you’re in the car.
Etiquette for dining out

Barely re open a week and the stars are already lining up to eat at D’Angelo’s Ristorante 256 S. 20th St. Like @garydourdan who stop by earlier this week to the thrill of so many fans including @pattersonforstaterep @10kkellyj My fav dish at Sal’s place is the lasagna.#phillydiningout #celebritiesinphilly #openinphl 📸 provided

A sure sign of summer, the Art Museum Whole Foods is setting up their outside dining. No doubt the tables are out there as I type this. Definitely one of the best views of the City skyline from the 22nd and Callowhill location.

Karin Copeland’s CreateXChange presents Adrienne Bankert
Tuesday, June 23rd at 4:45pm – Free but you must register
for a discussion with 
CORRESPONDENT and author of
The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone 
Philly is heading into the Green Phase beginning July 3, but next Friday the outdoor area of the Zoo will be open for guests. Plan your future visit by purchasing a membership today. My favorite benefit of the membership is definitely the free parking.
Spice up your quarantine wardrobe and help support Philadelphia Zoo!

A portion of our limited-edition t-shirts directly benefits our SPRING BACK Fund and the animals at the Zoo. Buy One Here
Saxbys announced a new line of coffee, Make Life Proud: Love Speaks, and 100% of proceeds go towards the Attic Youth Center dedicated to supporting LGTBQ young people. You can learn more at hellosaxbys.com/LoveSpeaks
#PHSGARDENINGCONTEST UPDATE: We’ve extended our deadline to enter to Friday, June 26!

Enter your garden, volunteer to be a judge, and learn more about this annual contest. Enter your garden for free

Congrats KyleTanguay for making the Eagles Cheerleading squad again!!

I’ve covered Juneteenth events in Philly for the past 3 years

On Friday, June 19, 2020, there are a number of events planned in Center City to commemorate Juneteenth:

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Art Museum – Children’s March- Play Without Fear

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – 526 Market St – Liberty Bell – Black Lives Matter Fashion Protest

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – (2 starting points) Broad & Erie and 60th & Market – Juneteenth Car Parade, both parades to end at City Hall

1:00 PM – March starts at 701 Arch St., African American Museum – Celebration to follow:  3:30 PM–6:00 PM at Eakins Oval

WE DID IT. The COVID19 has flattened. Let’s continue this by wearing masks, socially distancing and being patient and kind. Philly moves into the Green Phase in early July. Here’s what that means https://www.phila.gov/2020-06-18-what-the-green-phase-means-for-philadelphia/

See you on Social Media and back here on Monday. Have a safe weekend.