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Restaurant opening updates

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A look at Barbuzzo, Feb. 5, 2010.
A look at Barbuzzo, Feb. 5, 2010.

A few updates on restaurant projects hither and yon.

Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean bar from Lolita/Bindi's Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at 110 S. 13th St. (next door to the new Zavino), should be open in late March. Construction is due to wrap by the end of this month, Safran says. Menu will be a mix of apps and larger plates, and there will be a woodburning oven for four different pizzas. There is a long open kitchen where customers can sit and watch the kitchen in addition to a bar in the front. Turney will be chef with George Sabatino of Bindi. Manager will be Terence Lewis, a former manager/wine guy at Fork, who's been at Lolita.

Falafel Factory, 32 S. 18th St., is good to go on Tuesday (Feb. 9).

Chops in the former Oceanaire is doing test meals and plans to open next Friday (Feb. 12).

West Ave Grille's new spot in Dresher, the former Carambola, is shooting for March 2.

Tabu, the sports bar in the former Sal's at 200 S. 12th St., is targeting early March.

Ulysses Voyage, the luxe Greek restaurant coming to Deux Cheminees' former space at 1221-23 Locust St., is now on track for April. Assorted delays, including a need historic approvals. This place will be a knockout, complete with a piano to be tickled during dinner.

Capital Grille won't talk now, but there's a new one on the way for Mall Boulevard in King of Prussia.

Can I add yet another new project to the mix? Alex Capasso, who has Blackbird in Collingswood, yesterday signed a deal to take the old Woolworth's store at 712 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood. It was Painted Cottage Deli in its last life. He's calling his place West Side Gravy, and he promises contemporary comfort food in a refined atmosphere, in 60 to 90 days.

Stephen Starr now says that for sure, he's reviving Blue Angel at 706 Chestnut St., his French concept that ran from 1999 to 2003 in the same storefront. This time, he says, it will be warmer and cozier, with a smaller, more changeable menu. Starr made similar noises this time last year. He says he hopes to open: "In June. Or September." 

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