I'm hearing strong talk that P.J. Clarke's - the time-honored, Manhattan-based bar (circa 1884) - is fixing to sign a deal at the Atlantic Building at Broad and Spruce Streets, across from the Kimmel Center in the space that last was Ted's Montana Grill.
P.J. Clarke's has three spots in New York but is not averse to expansion, as it has locations in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
I'm getting the friendly brush-off so far from those involved, including a cheery no comment from P.J. Clarke's rep.
It's no secret that New Yorkers are in love with Philly - e.g. newcomers Barcade and Fette Sau as well as the forthcoming Crumbs Bake Shop (due before Christmas) and coffee outlet Joe (due in 2013).