Alison at Blue Bell reopening

Alison at Blue Bell, which shut down in September as chef-owner Alison Barshak devoted her time to building her new place (Alison two in Fort Washington), will reopen Feb. 5.

In an e-mail to customers, she wrote: "You’re not the only ones chomping at the bit for the first restaurant to re-open. Chef Anthony Bonett is dying to get back into the kitchen. During his three months working the front of the house at A2, he’s been dreaming about what he’ll do at Alison at Blue Bell. The menu at Alison at Blue Bell will reflect his Italian heritage, focusing on Mediterranean fare including housemade pasta. One of my favorite appetizers on the new menu is the Spanish Octopus, Potato, Chili Peppers, Scallion, Smoked Paprika Aioli. Many of you will be happy to hear that we’re bringing back the Brussels Sprouts! Entrees include Pork Chop Milanese, Mozzarella & Arugula Salad; Shellfish Risotto, Toasted Almonds, Citrus; and Rock Shrimp with Potato & Goat Cheese Ravioli. We envision a more casual atmosphere with dishes ranging from $5 to $22. Cash only. Alison at Blue Bell will be open for dinner only on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights."