Bubba Mac, Beer Garden, Gyros – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Bubba Mac
Local musician (and restaurant owner) Herb “Bubba” Birch died Tuesday. Birch’s Bubba Mac Blues Band, which featured some of the best of the best South Jersey musicians, last performed at the Ocean City Spring Block Party on May 6. Read (and watch) SNJ Today’s piece on his career here.

Beer Garden
The first beer garden on the Atlantic City Boardwalk could open for July 4, The Press of Atlantic City reports. (I’m calling it the first beer garden, since surely we could replace

Old Beesley’s Point Hotel via @cweisman284 on Instagram.

some of the vacant lots or shuttered souvenir stalls with more outdoor drinking and eating establishments?) Anyway. As we reported last week, the beer garden still has to get licenses and permits from the city, but work has already begun to demolish the existing wall on the site and install grass, fire pits, a bar and other facilities.

Gyros
In more news from the Boardwalk, the “never closed” Bill’s Gyros at Kentucky Ave has in fact been closed for a while. We tracked Bill down and he says he’ll reopen in June. Business has been beyond tough at that end of the Boardwalk since the Taj Mahal closed last fall. Bill is 81 and amazing – read the story.

In the rest of the headlines from the last 24 hours, a pilot was able to walk away after crashing a vintage plane in southern Ocean County, errr, there’s a projected state budget shortfall of $527 million, if you’re into Miss America read about her special trinket, and New Jersey is getting a new chief federal judge. All that and more below:

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