April 9, 2018

He put the K. I. P. in Pic-a-Lilli

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As devoted customers of the Pic-a-Lilli Pub in Atlantic City, we are sad to report that Kip is leaving as the manager, according to a FB post of his last week.

Sorry we missed it, but the kids were on vacation. Also, due to budgetary concerns, Route 40 has had less disposable income to drop on tails (hot) on Friday nights, so we haven’t been in there so much.

Kip–whose actual name is Pickett Russell IV–is one of the descendants of Pickett Russell Sr., who founded the original Pic-a-Lilli in on Route 206 in Shamong in the 1920s, according to that place’s website.

In his FB post, he said there were “no hard feelings” and he hoped we–all of us, truly–would continue to enjoy the Pic.

In a modest time, Russell oversaw a number of investments in Pic infrastructure including new bar stools and refurbished bathrooms. But the Pic is famous for its wings, once described as the best in our solar system. They truly are special.

Along with the new barstools, Tennessee Avenue has seen an influx of new investment, including the opening of a yoga studio, and the planned openings of a coffee/ice-cream shop and a beer hall. MADE, a chocolate bar, is supposed to open April 27.

“I am no longer your friendly manager at Atlantic City’s Pic-A-Lilli Pub. Most of my goals have been met there, and I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead,” he wrote on FB.

A call to Kip was not immediately returned.

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