Alison two opening her bar

Alison Barshak decided only moments ago to open the bar area of her Fort Washington restaurant, Alison two, starting Thursday, Oct. 2. Hours will be 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and till 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a happy hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Drinks (and here I'm quoting from a note): Jamaica daiquiris with hibiscus-infused light rum, lime juice and simple syrup, and Dark & Stormys with black rum, house-made ginger beer and lime juice, and margaritas. Bar menu: tuna sliders, house-made takewan salad with ginger aioli; charmoula-rubbed lamb loin chop with cucumber mint relish, chickpea puree.

Barshak plans to open the dining room for dinner not a moment before Oct. 23 * see below

Weekday lunch is due to start on Oct. 27.

Barshak has been running in soft-opening mode for about two weeks. It's at 424 S. Bethlehem Pike, which is tucked off the pike. Mapquest will lead you astray; the restaurant is at the corner of Morris Road and Lafayette Avenue, behind Zake's and Germantown Academy. It's the old Marita's Cantina, if that jogs your memory. Phone is 215-591-0200.

Sometimes, news supersedes print deadlines. This info won't be part of my item about Alison two that will appear in Thursday's "Table Talk" column, which was prepared last week.

* And sometimes, news supersedes blog entries. Barshak's rep said Wednesday night that the dining room opening has been moved up to Oct. 16.

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