Philly 'Shark Tank' contestants launch pop-up restaurant at Common Table

A popular local sauce brand that previously appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank is hosting a pop-up restaurant in West Philadelphia, complete with a special event for First Friday.

Jorrae and Kelly Beard, the folks behind Joyce’s LuLu Bang Sauces and Marinades, opened their pop-up, Lulu Bang Burgers & Wangs, at Common Table (310 S. 48th St.) in West Philly on Jan. 2. Part of The Enterprise Center’s restaurant incubator, the pop-up will run through March 31.

Today, the sisters celebrate First Friday at the pop-up beginning at 7 p.m. with their “Soulful Fridays” promotion, complete with food, music, and tastings.

According to a release, the Common Table pop-up is just a temporary form for LuLu Bang Burgers & Wangs. The restaurant is currently seeking a permanent residence, and plans to launch of Kickstarter campaign to help the effort.

The move comes several months after the Beards appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank to get investors for their sauce brand in October. The sisters sought $150,000 worth of investments for 10 percent equity, but failed to get a deal.

Now, with their pop-up established, the Beards hope to showcase their sauces with a menu full of items complimenting the brand. Offerings include salmon and crab cakes, seafood fried rice, angus burgers, and wings, plus sides like mango coleslaw, collard greens, bourbon beans, and more. Soulful Fridays bring additions of fried fish, bake mac-and-cheese, and yams to the menu.

The Beards established their LuLu Bang sauce brand more than four years ago, naming the company after their late mother, Joyce Beard, and brother, Michael “Lulu Bang” Beard. Currently, the sauce can be found in more than 100 locations in the Philadelphia area, including at ShopRite and Walmart.