SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Sunday June 1st, South Plainfield bar & restaurant KC’s Korner kicked off its busy summer calendar with the grand re-opening of their outdoor bar and patio. This summer marks the third year the bar on the corner of Oak Tree Ave will utilize the newly-constructed outdoor space adjacent to its parking lot.
KC’s Korner, a mainstay in the town for over 20 years, plans on opening the outdoor area for official events every weekend this summer “as long as the weather permits.” This year’s grand opening featured live music from acoustic act AMP’D, as well as new menu options such as Cappy’s Fresh Mozzarella (made in-house every Friday), and the seafood bar. Giveaways will be held on future dates when other musical acts perform.
The first day was a success, as nearly all tables on the patio were filled with customers and servers were scrambling back and forth from the kitchen to the bar to back outside.
“I feel like this (outdoor space) is a little hidden gem in South Plainfield,” Cheri, a bartender & waitress said. “Because when you’re out here in the summer and they’re making seafood and you’re drinking out here, you kind of feel like you’re down the Shore. You don’t even feel like you’re in South Plainfield.”
“Not that there’s anything wrong with South Plainfield!” she joked.
Denise, also a bartender, mentioned the “wind tunnel” feel that patrons get to enjoy when sitting outdoors, even in the heat of the days. “Even when it’s hot, there’s this breeze that comes through.” She said when the bar owner first told her he wanted to open an outside café, she wasn’t sure how everything would hold up. “But it’s good, it turned out well.”
Bragging about the increased tap beer options between the indoor and outdoor parts of the pub, Denise says there are now 23 taps to choose from including the house ale and the new Heineken tap that is airtight (this was made possible because KC’s Korner recently installed a brand new tap system). “We have a guy come in every week to clean the taps, which is unheard of.” She says they have some of the coldest beers anywhere and that she’ll only drink taps from KC’s because of their thoroughness.
The ladies credited owner Walter Kurilew with keeping the space in top shape. “He’s always working,” Cheri said. “He’s here seven days a week, and every day it seems something’s breaking down, but he’s here to fix it,” said Denise. “This is his life.”
Both bartenders noted how KC’s is inclusive to a wide demographic of customers, from recent college graduates to adults old enough to have children who recently graduated college. “It’s a good variety,” said Sherry. “And it’s not geared toward any one group in particular, really.” Denise noted how they have sippy cups and coloring books to cater to little children as well.
Other events on the weekly calendar this summer include $2 draught beers and $2.50 bottles on Tuesdays from 7-10PM, and Thursday is Ladies Night which features half priced drinks & appetizers. And of course Sundays will bring different drink specials and live music.