Food/Drink

 NEPA Scene Staff

Pick the best mac and cheese in the Poconos at bake-off benefit in Stroudsburg on Nov. 4

Pick the best mac and cheese in the Poconos at bake-off benefit in Stroudsburg on Nov. 4

From a press release: Everyone loves mac and cheese, but who makes it the best – home cooks or professionals? As the cold weather arrives in Northeastern Pennsylvania, warm up with some of the area’s best comfort food while supporting the Pocono Arts Council at the Starving Artist Mac & Cheese Bake-Off. The sixth annual […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New book ‘Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History’ tours Pennsylvania pubs with rebellious histories

New book ‘Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History’ tours Pennsylvania pubs with rebellious histories

From a press release: The insurrectionist past of the Wooden Keg Tavern in St. Clair is one of many exciting stories that comes to life in “Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred up Revolutions,” a new book from Sunbury Press in Mechanicsburg. Author M. Diane McCormick takes a […]

 Rich Howells

The Vault in Scranton will reopen as new live music venue Stage West on Oct. 5

The Vault in Scranton will reopen as new live music venue Stage West on Oct. 5

Less than four months after The Vault Tap & Kitchen closed after four years in business, one of its co-owners, Steve Masterson, will reopen the historic Electric City Bank building in West Scranton as Stage West, kicking off with a weekend of live music. Masterson is not only rebranding the building, but redesigning its look […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Middleswarth Chip Eating Contest is back for 4th year at Sabatini’s in Exeter on Nov. 24

Middleswarth Chip Eating Contest is back for 4th year at Sabatini’s in Exeter on Nov. 24

From a press release: Declared “the most Pennsylvania thing ever” on its flyer, the annual Middleswarth Potato Chip Eating Contest is coming back for a fourth year, leaving nothing but empty Weekender bags and millions of tiny crumbs in its wake. If you’ve ever scarfed down a bag or cardboard bucket of this local snack […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO INTERVIEW: King of Kings Gyros in Wilkes-Barre on National Gyro Day and small business ownership

VIDEO INTERVIEW: King of Kings Gyros in Wilkes-Barre on National Gyro Day and small business ownership

Before recording the latest episode of the NEPA Scene Podcast at Coal Creative’s studio in Wilkes-Barre, we sat down for a little bonus interview with Eric Negron, owner of King of Kings Gyros on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre because, honestly, how often do we get to talk to royalty? Gearing up for National Gyro […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New Food & Fire BBQ restaurant opens at Shoppes at Montage in Moosic on July 9

New Food & Fire BBQ restaurant opens at Shoppes at Montage in Moosic on July 9

From a press release: In a time where many corporate chains are closing their doors, one locally owned restaurant is expanding. After nearly five years at its successful Johnson City, New York location, Food & Fire is expanding to Pennsylvania with a new restaurant a little over an hour away at the Shoppes at Montage […]

 Rich Howells

After 4 years, The Vault Tap & Kitchen in Scranton will close on June 10

After 4 years, The Vault Tap & Kitchen in Scranton will close on June 10

After four years of food, drinks, and live music, The Vault Tap & Kitchen will close on Sunday, June 10, leaving the historic Electric City Bank building in West Scranton vacant once again. The announcement came late last night on the bar/restaurant’s Facebook page, citing the owners’ desire to move on to other ventures while […]

 Mathew Dapkins

MASSIVE BEER REVIEWS: Big Apple breweries brew huge Imperial IPA with All Royal Everything

Beer: All Royal Everything (Kings Edition) Brewery: Other Half Brewing Company and Mikkeller Brewing NYC Style: Double IPA Age: 2018 ABV: 10.50% Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing and Flushing’s Mikkeller Brewing (with roots in Denmark) put all their cards on the table for All Royal Everything (Kings Edition), an Imperial IPA brewed in New York City […]

 Mathew Dapkins

MASSIVE BEER REVIEWS: Totalitarian returns to take over Stone Brewing’s Imperial Russian Stout

Beer: Stone Totalitarian Brewery: Stone Brewing Company Style: Russian Imperial Stout Age: 2018 ABV: 10.60% IBU: 70 After taking a year off last year, Stone Brewing has released its 2018 batch of Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout. With its “fluffy chocolate head and tastes of deeply dark fruit flavors with rich chocolate and coffee overtones,” […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New IHOP restaurant opens in Wilkes-Barre on May 14 with ribbon cutting ceremony

New IHOP restaurant opens in Wilkes-Barre on May 14 with ribbon cutting ceremony

From a press release: With the long-awaited Northeastern Pennsylvania location of IHOP finally built and ready to open its doors, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the grand opening of IHOP’s new Wilkes-Barre restaurant with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, May 14 at 7 a.m. IHOP, also known as the International House […]

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