News & Gossip – Week of 03/14/11

News & Gossip

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held this past Saturday and it was packed.  Thank you to everyone who wore their ‘Kiss Me I’m from Conshy/West Conshy” t-shits.  It was great seeing them all over the streets of Conshy and in the parade.

Speaking of the t-shirts, you can still order Conshy or West Conshy versions by clicking here.

8 East came in 2nd at the AOH 6th Annual Irish Coffee Contest.

Pepperoncini’s second location in Phoenixville is going to open soon.

The new sister restaurant to Blackfish, Mica Restaurant in Chestnut Hill, is set to open Friday.

During and after the St. Patrick’s Day I met a handful of candidates running for Borough Council.  Running in the 1st Ward will be Chris Savage (R) vs. Raj Gupta (D).  In the 3rd Ward, Kindra Helderle is challenging incumbent, and Borough Council President, Paul Mc’Connell.  In the 5th Ward, Bob O’Neill (R) is running against Matt Ryan (D).  As you may have noticed, there will be minimally two new members of Borough Council due to two open seats resulting from Jason Salus (D) not running again in the 1st to focus on a run for Montgomery County Treasurer and Anthony Tucci (D) choosing to not run again in the 5th.  There is one race that is unopposed with the Republicans failing to challenge Eddie Phipps (D) in the 7th Ward.  This website plans on holding a Meet the Candidates Night in the fall, along with and the Whitemarsh Business Association inviting candidates from those two townships.  Those running in countywide races will also be invited.  This will be your chance to meet all the candidates.  Stay tuned for details.

So the word on the street is that there is a young lady with a successful boutique in West Chester looking to opening a second boutique. She is deciding between Wayne and Conshy.

A cheesesteak place is rumored to be going in where On A Roll was located.

M Bar has gone through an ownership change.  Patrick Boyle has bought the bar.

A major management change has taken place at Isabella.  Peter Disson was brought in to operate the restaurant by owner Tom Richter, but I was told that Disson was recently let go.  Isabella is also for sale.  What is really interesting in that Disson told me prior to Isabella’s opening that it was planned for him to open a diner at the property that was 401 Diner, which Richter also owns.  I was also told by a manager at a nearby diner that one of his friends looked at the 401 Diner spot to consider opening a new diner there.

Lavenders BodyCare Clinic has a bunch of specials through March.  You can see them all here.

St. Patrick’s Day/March Madness

Tomorrow is going to be a crazy bar day with St. Patrick’s Day and the start of the NCAA Tournament falling on the same day.  Here is a rundown of what I know is going on:

Baggataway – Opening at 9:00 p.m. to make sure you get your fill of Guinness, Smithwick’s, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale and corned beef & cabbage all day!   They are also doing $2.50 Coors Light drafts for all the March Madness games.

Flanigan’s Boathouse – Opening at 11:00 a.m. with a special Irish menu featuring Guinness Beef Stew, Haddock Sliders, Irish Rib-eye, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Sheppard’s Pie, Bangers & Mash and Bread Pudding.  Behind the bar they will have $5.00 Guinness, Smithwick’s and Harp drafts.  For all March Madness games they will have $2.00 Coors Light bottles and $3.25 Blue Moon drafts.

M Bar – Opening at 11:00 a.m. with a DJ, $10.00 all you can eat food buffet, lots of beer all in their giant inflatable Irish bar.

8 East – Both floors will be open, utilizing our 96″ HD projector and extreme surround sound! $1.75 Miller Lite drafts, $3.00 Sunset Wheat and Blue Moon drafts, $2.50 Bud Light bottles, $2.00 roast beef sandwiches and $0.50 wings during all tournament games.

Great American Pub – Is having their usual Happy Hour tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with $2.00 domestic drafts, $3.00 imported drafts and $4.00 well drinks.  They will have the games on all day.

Maloney’s Pub – Opening at 11:00 a.m. with beer and drink specials all day including green beer, green shots and green drinks
and their famous Maloney’s Pub Shamrock Shake.  The MaX Duo will perform on St. Patrick’s Day from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. playing your favorite Irish pub songs, classic rock, 80’s and pop.  During all NCAA Tournament games they will have $3.50 well drinks, $2.50 domestic drafts, $2.50 16 oz Pounders (Miller Lite, Pabst or Bud Light and $3.50 16 oz Landshark Pounders.

The Stonerose – $3.00 craft and bottle beer specials all day for NCAA Tournament.

Guppy’s – Dave Duong goes on stage at 7:00 p.m. and they will have Irish Thunder band too.  On special will be $4.00 Guinness pub cans.  DJ Dan Shea plays the hits at 10:00 p.m.  There will be beeds, free shirts, half price wings and $2.00 Bud Light drafts from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Gypsy Saloon – During March Madness they are offering a $5.00 menu featuring burgers, wings, chili, quesadillas, cheesesteaks; plus $2.00 Lager and Miller Lite drafts, $2.50 Miller Lite bottles, $4.00 Slam Dunks and $5.00 Sangrias.

Spamps – Tomorrow for March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day they will have half-priced apps, $3.00 Bud Light drafts, green beers and Shamrock Shake Martinis; plus $8.00 Corned Beef and Cabbage platters.  The NCAA games will be on inside and outside in the Grotto.

Totaro’s – Wear your O’Taro’s shirt tomorrow and your first drink is $1.00, which they will donate to the Fellowship House. They will have $3.00 Jameson & Tullamore Dew shots, Ham & Cabbage and Guinness & Smithwicks specials; plus $0.25 wings during all NCAA games that day and The Heat Run goes on at 9:00 p.m. in the bar.

Pepperoncini – Pepperoncini recently added two more flatscreens in their bar area.  Thursday night is their “Get UnWineD Night” and they offer $10.00 off bottles or glasses for $5.00.

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Foodie Events

Conshohocken Restaurant Week is returning on June 13-19, 2011.  Last year we had 17 restaurants participate and this year we hope to add a couple more.  There will also be a Preview Party on June 6th at the Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken that will benefit Cradles to Crayons.  Only a limited number of tickets will be available for the Preview Party!  To make sure you have the opportunity to get tickets, join our mailing list (you can find the Newsletter Sign-Up on the left side of the page) or like our Facebook page.

Every Tuesday, Blackfish offers a four course dinner featuring a different ingredient. You can see the upcoming featured ingredients here. Price is $45 per person. Call 610-397-0888 for more info.

Stella Blu is offering a “Southern Comfort” menu during March.

Events & Happenings

In what I think may be a first for Conshohocken (we’ll at least West Conshohocken), M Bar is having Jello Wrestling this Friday night starting at 10:00 p.m.  There is a $10.00 cover.  You’re my boy Blue!

On Wednesday, March 29th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pepperoncini is having a Peroni promotion with $3.00 Peroni drafts and you get to keep the glass!  You can also enter to win an authentic Italian soccer jerseyConshohocken Councilmembers Jason Salus, Ike Griffin, Paul McConnell, Tony Tucci and Ed Phipps invite you to meet Conshohocken Council Candidates Raj Gupta and Matt Ryan during “Cocktails with Jay Peterno” on April 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Guppy’s.  Tickets are $25 per person, includes drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Tuesday, April 12th at World Cafe Live…Celebrate the release of IN THE POCKET’s new single, “You Can’t Sit Down” with a big party and Philly jam by the city’s finest rotating band, ITP (which records at Conshohocken’s Elm Street Studios).  Featuring David Uosikkinen, who lives in West Conshohocken, with special guests Tommy Conwell, Graham Alexander, Eric Bazilian, Richard Bush, Jay Davidson, Greg Davis, Rick DiFonzo, Rob Hyman, William Wittman. Plus, a special appearance by Jerry Blavat, the heart and soul of Philadelphia’s music scene for over 50 years. And perhaps a few surprises!

Heaven & Earth, in Lafayette Hill, is hosting Plymouth Whitemarsh High School NAHS Traveling Art Show.   The show is on Friday, March 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a Reception for the students and their artwork. Approximately 25 Plymouth Whitemarsh National Honor Art Society students will display their talent in various 2D mediums.

Ryah Yoga is participating on Yoga on the Steps (of the Art Museum).  You can support them here.

Conshohocken Catholic’s annual Ducky Regatta will be held on May 14th at 10:00 a.m.  The event allows you to buy a numbered “ducky” to benefit the school.  The duckies are released in river and the first ducky to the bridge wins.  Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your ducky.

Coyote Crossing is giving you a chance to win Dinner for Two. All you have to do is pick your favorite menu item! Click the bracket for full details.  Click here for full details.  You must enter by Thursday morning.

Lenny’s Italian Deli is offering a Dealyo for $7.50 for a $15.00 value.  The special only runs for a few more hours.

Conshy Kids Consignment, a consignment sale sponsored by the Conshohocken Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (CEPTO), will be held on Saturday,  April 9th.  The sale will be held at the Fellowship House from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a half price sale from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Candy of the Week

Pick-up from Edwards-Freeman Nut Company a 4 oz. Asher’ s Milk Chocolate Coconut Cream Egg with a creamy center with long shredded coconut.  Placed in an attractive box, this makes a perfect gift or addition to your Easter basket.  Just $3.75.

Business News

Mondo, a global leader in the sports and contract flooring markets, has signed an agreement for Trinity Tile Group to carry Mondo contract flooring products.

Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, is offering its unmatchable franchisor support in a big way: three members of the executive leadership team, including the concept’s Founder and CEO, are visiting new franchisees in their markets as part of the site selection process.