Sarin and Romano, owners of Sam’s Bar & Grille in Blackwood, took the plunge, knowing a lot of people would be watching their experiment.
“You’ve got to get the fear of the word Camden out of people’s minds,” Sarin said.
The pub isn’t the only restaurant downtown, but at quitting time, the professionals go home and the healthy number of lunch spots go dark. There have been other trailblazers, such as the 20 Horse Tavern in the port district, which brought white-tablecloth dining and a dinner menu back to Camden.
But the Victor’s Pub might be the most important restaurant in the city right now. It’s the type of place boosters have always said the waterfront needed - a keystone to the development envisioned there.
Think Baltimore’s Inner Harbor or Hoboken’s waterfront. Imagine nightclubs and bistros and upscale shopping, a promenade filled with pedestrians strolling the Delaware’s edge.
At night. In Camden. America’s twice-designated “most dangerous city.”