Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cook and Shaker sets its opening in Kensington

The old Chug A Mug Pub at Albert and Tulip Streets in Kensington will get new life starting Thursday, Nov. 7 when Laura Viegas opens Cook and Shaker (2301 E. Albert St., 215-426-2665).

Cook and Shaker sets its opening in Kensington

Cook and Shaker. 2501 E. Albert St.
Cook and Shaker. 2501 E. Albert St. via Cook and Shaker

The old Chug A Mug Pub at Albert and Tulip Streets in Kensington will get new life starting Thursday, Nov. 7 when Laura Viegas opens Cook and Shaker (2301 E. Albert St., 215-426-2665).

Viegas, a 15-year veteran of the biz (White Dog Cafe, Farmicia, Bistro 7, as well as baking consultant), installed a bar made of reclaimed wood and exposed the brick walls in her 55-seater, whose menu runs from 3 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and beginning at noon on weekends.

Everything is priced at $15 and under, and the plan is to source locally, including Greensgrow and Green Meadow Farms. Viegas also has a reach-in fridge, rather than a walk-in.

Among menu items: Meatloaf Sandwich with sweet pickles, pickled red onions, cheddar mashed potatoes and BBQ glaze; Spicy Italian Sausage with broccoli rabe and braised white beans with garlic; Eggplant Rollatini with herb ricotta, slow-cooked tomato sauce and sautéed greens; Buffalo Fried Brussels Sprouts with house-made bleu cheese dressing; Tuscan Polenta Fries with roasted tomato dipping sauce; and Veggie Sandwich with mashed chickpeas, carrots, roasted peppers, breaded eggplant and sundried tomato pesto on a baguette. Homemade desserts will include Pumpkin Doughnuts. 

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Eight taps will dispense beers from area breweries and one cider. Six to eight cocktails will be prepared with fresh juices.

Adding to the laid-back airs will be a juke box and karaoke machine.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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