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April 03, 2017

London Grill happy hour event combines history and beer

Raise a glass to Willie Sutton, who escaped Eastern State Penitentiary 72 years ago

On April 3, 1945, bank robber Willie Sutton escaped from Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. He was one of 12 inmates who escaped the prison through a tunnel.

The same day, Sutton was recaptured by police. There's an amusing story about how he was apprehended, however.

"Not content to get out of town (and away from his captors) as quickly as possible, [Sutton] made generations of future Philadelphians proud by stopping into the pub down the street from the prison for a beer," according to a press release from London Grill.

In 1991, the pub Sutton is said to have visited became London Grill.

Today, on April 3, the Fairmount bar and restaurant will celebrate the story with a special happy hour. From 5-8 p.m., Willie Sutton Lager will be $4 each. Be one of the first 20 guests and receive a complimentary pour.

The beer, which is brewed exclusively for London Grill by Stoudt’s Brewing, is a medium-bodied German-style lager.

Great Escape Happy Hour

Monday, April 3
5-8 p.m. | $4 Willie Sutton Lager
London Grill
2301 Fairmount Ave.
(215) 978-4545