Almost dueling restaurant openings

After months and months of designs and hammering and concrete pouring and general overall futzing, two significant Philly restaurants are preparing to open a day apart.

Oh, and they're next door to each other, too.

The eateries in question are Union Trust at 717 Chestnut St. and Chifa at 707 Chestnut St. -- separated by a parking lot.

Union Trust, a huge, independent steakhouse, has its private opening party on Feb. 7 with its public opening on the 9th.

Chifa, a Jose Garces-run restaurant featuring a Peruvian-Chinese fusion, has penciled in its friends-and-family on the 9th with a public opening on the 10th.