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Playhouse Deck reopens with new chef, new menu, new look


After a brief hiatus and re-brand, Playhouse Deck – previously The Deck – a modern restaurant adjacent to the Bucks County Playhouse perched over the Delaware River, will open its doors on Thursday, May 12, with seasonal menus from noted Chef Michael O’Halloran, showcasing the best of Mediterranean cuisines in a laidback setting.

Playhouse Deck, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, will feature a seasonal menu of house-made pastas, salads, fish entrées, and more, from recent Beat Bobby Flay victor, O’Halloran, also of neighboring Stella of New Hope, paired with a locally inspired bar program from Beverage Manager Jamie Shaw.

Stella of New Hope General Manager, Sue Evans, a seasoned pro who has previously worked alongside notable chefs and restaurateurs such as Nicholas Elmi, Jose Garces and Stephen Starr, will put on the polishing hospitality touches.

O’Halloran’s opening menu includes snacks such as Mussels Escabeche, Burrata with pickled strawberries, salads such as Tuscan Kale Caesar, and Sugar Snap Pea and Radish; toasts on grilled house-made sourdough, such as tomato with caper and black olive tapenade, and Prosciutto with truffle honey and Stracciatella, and more.

Entrées include pastas such as Squid Ink Fusilli with ‘nduja, rock shrimp, blistered cherry tomato, avocado and Rigatoni with pork ragu, sundried tomato and ricotta.

The main dining area features a centralized bar with wraparound seating, plus counter seating on the periphery lining the wall-to-wall garage door windows offering 180-degree views of the Delaware River. In the warmer months, dining al fresco is available on the river promenade and the front courtyard of the Playhouse.

Playhouse Deck will offer dinner service 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday to start, with plans to expand hours, days and meal periods in the coming weeks. When the Bucks County Playhouse is in performance, the kitchen will be open 30 minutes after each show. Every dollar spent at Playhouse Deck supports the nonprofit mission of Bucks County Playhouse.

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