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Monkey Reopens Today

Pineapple Jalapeño Burger Special by chef Chef Luis is coming in hot under new ownership at The Blue Monkey Tavern! New owners, Remo and Lindsay Croce and Michael and Marci Chapman can’t wait to open their doors on Tuesday, August 16th. They will feature $5 Tonewood Poolside, $5 Troegs Sunshine…
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Try Rasta Kitchen

If you're looking for delicious Caribbean cuisine in Merchantville then come to Rasta Kitchen at 618 West Maple Avenue. We serve jerk wings, oxtail, curried shrimp, jerk chicken marsala, and much more! We're located by Wellwood Park and available for carryout or delivery. Chefs Kevin and Errol specialize in home cooked Caribbean, Curry and Asian Fusion cuisines. We also offer vegetarian and vegan options. They enjoy winning reviews like this, "The food was very tasty, my mouth was singing. The homemade drinks had my palate dancing! Would definitely be going back!" and this, The food here is amazing!! The best mac I’ve had from a Caribbean restaurant yet! I had the curry goat, Mac, yams, & rice & peas. Will definitely be going back to try more of the menu options." Check out their menu and order online or call Rasta Kitchen at (856) 356-2522.
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Two Eateries Coming Soon

It's going to be a delicious spring in Downtown Merchantville! Two new restaurants will be opening in our the downtown next month. Chef Omega Ellis will bring Omega’s to the McFarlan's Market space, at the corner of Park and N. Centre Streets in the borough. Before becoming the specialty chef…
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Avocado Fiesta On abc7 LOCALish

The partners behind Mexican restaurant Avocado Fiesta were featured on abc7 Local this week. They say their labor of love and family's support helped amid the pandemic. Co-owner and chef Alfredo Ramírez says, "We are passionate to cook for you. And that's why Avocado Fiesta is here for you guys." Their restaurant serves 100% authentic Mexican food and delicious pastries. "We're really passionate what we are doing here," says co-owner and baker Delia Leana. "We try to make everyone happy here and have a good ambience." Menu options include: sandwiches, salads, tacos, and popular plates such as chiles rellenos and carne asada. Be sure to save room for tres leches and tirmisu. Avocado Fiesta serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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Monkey Hiring!

The Blue Monkey Tavern is readying for increased dining this Spring and hiring servers. They're looking for team oriented, experienced, hard working, and bar knowledgeable candidates. Tell your friends - Tell your neighbors - Tell everyone! Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information or just stop in Wednesday-Sunday around 4:00 for a quick interview. This week, Halil Gungor, was hard at work painting their new outside seating surround and his team looks forward to welcoming old and new customers back as the weather warms up.
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Closed for the Holidays

Due to the current Covid situation The Blue Monkey Tavern will temporarily be closing our doors until early January 2021. We are saddened to miss the holiday season with our beloved customers who have become like family to us. You have rallied behind us before and we’re asking for your patience and understanding once again. We thank you for your support! We’re not monkeying around. We will take the proper precautions needed to clean and disinfect so we can open again as soon as possible. We promise to keep you updated and please have a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season!

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Juice Away That Extra 15

Have you gained that "Quarantine 15"? A juice cleanse is a great opportunity to take a break from unhealthy eating habits. A juice cleanse can help to refocus your diet with a variety of fresh fruits & vegetables that aim to detox, energize, repair, & hydrate you from the inside out! A cleanse supports the body’s natural detox process, breaks the cycle of craving unhealthy foods, reduces your appetite, increases your energy, eliminates foods that cause problems for many people (dairy, wheat, gluten), helps balance the gut microbiome, and blasts your body with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Please call ahead to order a juice cleanse from The Juice Bar, 22 South Centre Street.

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Road Closure Supports Business

Chestnut Avenue Road from Centre Street to the will be closed from June 22, 2020 through November 30, 2020 to support outside dining at The Blue Monkey during restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. New Jersey permitted shuttered bars and restaurants to offer outdoor dining on June 15, requiring establishments to place tables six feet apart, limit eight customers to a table, require employees to wear face coverings and gloves and post signs prohibiting customers with a fever or symptoms of the coronavirus from entering. On Wednesday, Gov. Murphy signed an order permitting establishments that can open up two (2) walls - allows for ample air flow - to reopen for indoor dining.

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Tragedy Strikes Cafe

On Monday the Merchant House family shared a very sad announcement. "Today was supposed to be a fantastic day of celebration! Today was to be the official opening day for The Merchant House, operated by our beloved mom, Patti Sharp, who after over 20 years of successfully owning The Station House in Haddon Heights, was so eager to take on this new and exciting dream. Tragically, our mom passed away suddenly from an undetected cancer a few days ago. The timing of her passing, just days before the grand opening, is truly the saddest part of this - as she was never able to realize this new dream. Our mom was loved by so many family and friends, old and new, and was thrilled to be part of the fabric of Merchantville, where she both lived and worked, even if for a short while. Thank you so much for all the immense support for this endeavor over the last many months of construction and then quarantine. Please stay tuned for any future updates." 

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Almost Ready!

The Merchant House was excited to announce that they are making progress with opening and sincerely appreciate everyone's patience caused by Covid-19 delays. Owner, Patti and her crew are working hard to make sure all needs are met and they can safely open. She looks forward to serving food in a warm, family atmosphere and building relationships in our quaint borough.The Merchant House is now on Instagram @themerchanthousenj and have posted updated photos of the interior they're excited for you to see. Please follow them on Facebook and other social media as they ready to open their doors to our community! 

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Ready for Cocktails?

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer! We know it still feels like the twilight zone out there, but all of us at Blue Monkey Tavern are here to help you welcome summer and look forward to better and brighter days ahead. While you wait for trips to the beach and big BBQ's we'll recreate those summer vibes at home - enjoying burgers, mussels, and summer inspired cocktails! We're now offering three fresh new cocktails -Strawberry Blonde (fresh lemonade and strawberry juices with tequila) - Southern Belle (fresh lemonade and peach juice with bourbon) - Sweet Tart (Fresh lemonade and raspberry juices with vodka) for "Curbside Pick-up". Each comes in a 16 oz. serving for $19.99. Get them while our freshly squeezed and prepared juices last! Non Alcoholic Fresh Squeezed Lemonade is available for $6. Visit www.bluemonkeytavern.com for our takeout menu and special to-go features, then call 856-661-8008 when you are ready to place your pickup order.

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