Preview Of The New Deck Restaurant At Bucks County Playhouse
The Deck Restaurant and Bar at Bucks County Playhouse made its debut on Sunday, December 9, 2018 when it opened for an extended preview period prior to an official Grand Opening on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
Attached to the back of the Playhouse and taking advantage of the building's setting where the Aquetong Creek meets the Delaware River, The Deck is a 127-seat restaurant and bar with spectacular views of the river, waterfall, and landmark New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. Designed as a new gathering place for the entire community, The Deck offers gastropub fare and a full bar.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Rachel Brill, The Deck features modern twists on classic fare all that is made from scratch, seasonally driven, and locally sourced. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a large, beautiful bar that features eight brews on tap, a selection of local IPAs, signature craft cocktails and an extensive wine list.
Every dollar spent at The Deck benefits the Playhouse's non-profit mission of providing professional theatre productions and innovative arts education programming. The Deck is the final phase of Bridge Street Foundation's renovations of The Playhouse and its revitalization plan for New Hope's waterfront.
While The Deck Bar and Restaurant at Bucks County Playhouse is a welcome amenity for patrons attending performances at the theater, the restaurant is also designed for everyday dining by the broader community and visitors. The Deck will offer lunch, dinner and late-night menus. The hours for The Deck are Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays noon to 10:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Bucks County Playhouse is a year-round, nonprofit theatre that has grown to a $6 million producing organization with an annual audience of over 73,000. Founded in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill, Bucks County Playhouse quickly became "the most famous summer theatre in America," featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlisle, Angela Lansbury, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli and remained in continuous operation until 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. The Playhouse recently unveiled The Deck Restaurant and Bar, a 4,000 square foot Delaware River view restaurant and bar expansion.
In 2014, Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman took the helm of the Playhouse, and today the Playhouse has reclaimed its reputation of attracting Broadway and Hollywood artists. Its productions of "Company" starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn's "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" were named by Wall Street Journal to its "Best of Theatre" list for 2015. The 2017 season included four world premieres and audiences grew by over 34%. Box office record has been repeatedly broken by Signature Productions of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," "Steel Magnolias" directed by Marsha Mason, and "Million Dollar Quartet," "42nd Street," and "Guys & Dolls" directed by Hunter Foster. The creative teams who come to create new productions at the Playhouse are among the most talented artists working in the professional theatre today and relish the opportunity to work on the historic stage where Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Jessica Walter began their careers.