Friday, December 26, 2014

Twenty Manning's changeover

The Rittenhouse Square restau-bar will close Saturday for a facelift.

Twenty Manning's changeover

The outside dining will remain.
The outside dining will remain.

After 10 years, the Rittenhouse Square destination Twenty Manning (261 S. 20th St.) is preparing to undergo a transformation -- one both physical and emotional.

Owner Audrey Taichman and chef Kiong Banh will close after business Saturday (3/13) for a month-long facelift that will spell the end of the Asian-inspired menu and glassed-in atmospherics.

Its new incarnation -- based on locals' requests -- will be an approachable, neighborhood-friendly American grill, "where you'll want to eat three times a week and feel comfortable," Taichman told me, confirming a longstanding rumor. The vibe will harken back to Carolina's, which occupied her corner of 20th and Manning from 1985 till 1997.

The name has not been determined. Leading contender is "Twenty Manning Grill."

Taichman has been in the neighborhood for years. She worked at Friday Saturday Sunday before the 1996 opening of her flagship restaurant, Audrey Claire, down the block at 20th and Spruce.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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