(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)
On the night of Wednesday, September 28th, I attended the red carpet VIP opening night party at Revolutions at Penn Treaty, the new entertainment complex located at the corner of Frankford and Delaware Avenues. Featuring bars, a restaurant, bowling alleys on both levels, and interactive gaming, the city is gaining another lively nightlife spot that is helping to revitalize the Fishtown area of the city.
Randy Alexander, the head of Randex Communications, was eager to show off this new gem for adult fun and recreation. A fantastic buffet of food greeted us as we entered the main doors, which in turn lead to the lower-level bowling alley, and soon to be famous Flair Bar. This is where bottle tossing, cocktail mixing bartenders will be showing off their mixology skills, and will be a spot for competitions to be held for those all over the country to demonstrate the art of the unique process known as flair bartending.
Proceeding upstairs, one will encounter another bowling alley, along with other recreational activities such as pool tables and table shuffleboard. One of the most popular stops of the evening was to the house gaming arcade, which featured many interactive video games such as electronic beer pong, carnival type skill competitions, and old school fun like air hockey, basketball shooting, and ski ball. Like games at the boardwalk down at the shore, wins equal ticket accumulations, which can be turned in for prizes.
Also located upstairs is a giant sports bar, with a beautiful view of the Philly skyline through the warehouse windows. Live entertainment in the form of bands and DJs will keep the joint jumping every evening. Burger and Beer Joint, a growing chain of gourmet burger restaurants, has its first Philadelphia location settled here as well. The menu features a list of build your own burger choices, as well as their in-house creations, which all look phenomenal. Wings, pizza, and salads are also available, along with desserts.
Being a lifelong resident of this area, I am continually impressed by some of the new ideas that have come to fruition for making nightlife fun and enjoyable in the city. This particular area has experienced enormous growth over the span of the past several years, starting with the Sugar House Casino. The opening of The Fillmore music venue last fall, along with the Punch Line comedy club that opened in the summer, shows the good that resident developers have done simply by converting old abandoned warehouses into something viable for the public to utilize. Revolutions at Penn Treaty is the icing on the cake for a spot that badly needed improvement, and now will become one of the top destinations for entertainment seekers in the area.
Revolutions is now open to the public, and you should check it out as soon as you can. I will be back with more soon, “around town”…