Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square location just opened its dark-wooded Whiskey Bar and introduced a Whiskey Bar Passport program. "This 200-plus-bottle Whiskey Bar is the culmination of years of first-hand research,” says co-owner Patrick Pawliczek of the man cave-like space. The Passport, which gets you special tastings, dinners and discounts, touches on the best of the Irish/English-branded bar’s items such as the smoky Laphroaig Single Malt 25-year-old scotch, the smooth-as-silk Redbreast 12-year-old whiskey and the house's own Angel's Envy Cavanaugh's Blend bourbon.
Around the corner, there’s drama brewing at theLegendary Dobbsrock ‘n’ roll club on South Street. Rumor has it the property owner is at odds with the booker, one of the club’s longtime operational partners — to the point of possibly ousting him.
Seen on the scene
• When Broadway/film star Lainie Kazan (you know her from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) played New Hope’s Rrazz Room, she was visited by a lookalike drag queen flash mob as well as FMQB publisher/philanthropist Kal Rudman.
• Musicians Jeffrey Gaines and The Hooters’ Rob Hyman hit Tin Angel atop Serrano to see rockabilly icon Robert Gordon (playing with Hyman’s drum partner David Uosikkinen), and they were the last people to eat that restaurant’s current menu, to say nothing of the fact the Old City nosh spot will no longer use the name Serrano starting this fall. “It’s been the great Serrano for 29 years, but it’s time we completely rebrand,” says Tin Angel/Serrano owner Donal McCoy. The bar will stay open through the summer while the restaurant is renovated, and a rotation of food truck chefs will host pop-ups there. The menu is getting a makeover too, in tandem with a well-known Philly food chieftain whose partnership McCoy cannot reveal yet. The new spot should open Sept. 30.