Food and drink: Pop up beer garden in Newark, barbecue on Philly Pike

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It hasn’t been that long since the last food and drink report was posted.

But late summer has been a busy time in the food and drink arena. Here’s one event that’s already underway.

The City of Newark and Grain Craft Bar + Kitchenquietly rolled out Parks on Draft, a four-day, family-friendly beer garden atOlan Thomas Park that runs through Sunday. Grain has a restaurant location on Main Street.

Proceeds from the event, which will feature food, games, beer, live music, and special guests, will benefit Newark Parks and Recreation’s James F. Hall Scholarship Fund, the Special Parks Fund, and the Ronnie Williams Foundation.

The pop-up beer garden runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The event is open to all ages and is pet-friendly, but attendees must be over the age of 21 and have ID on-hand to purchase alcohol.

Free parking will be available on all days in nearby Curtis Mill Park and Old Paper Mill Road Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for use in the park.

Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen offer beverages and food during the event. In addition to craft beers on tap and hard seltzer, menu items will include chicken skewers, burgers, sausage sandwiches, and more. Takeout items from Wood Fired Pizza Shop will also be available.

Also offered are free yoga in the park sessions offered by Newark-based Empowered Yoga on Sunday, August 18th.

The event breaks the general policy of keeping government-owned parks free of alcohol Newark has been especially wary about such things, a reflection of its curious former status as a largely dry college town in terms of drinking establishments.

The city still casts a wary eye on dancing and liquor licenses.

However, exceptions have been issued over the years for special events.

Barbecue is coming to the Claymont area.

The Claymont Renaissance Development Corp. is pleased with the news that a pitmaster is bringing a restaurant to a vacant gas station site. The station has survived with a 1950s feel that could lead to an interesting design.

The Claymont- Philadelphia Pike area has a mixed record on the restaurant front as dining spots come and go, with long-timefavorites sticking around However, continued redevelopment and a new train station could change the picture fairly quickly.

See post below from Claymont Renaissance.

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