The former Sal's and Frangelica on 12th St. (200 S. 12th St., at Chancellor Street -- see below) will become a sports bar. But, as co-owner Jeff Sotland tells me, with elevated comfort food ("not pub grub") and atmosphere that will be aimed at everyone in the neighborhood. They'll do the sports-bar theme in the basement and first floor, and turn the upper level into a lounge with low seating and cocktail tables. He hopes to open the second week of March. Sotland, brother Steve and general manager Chris Lyons also run Mikey's American Grill, a sports bar at Drexel. Name will be Tabu.
Details are scarce, but the crew from Phoenixville's La Taverna/Crazy Cactus is behind Matador, a Spanish restaurant coming to 110 N. Wayne Ave. in downtown Wayne, the former Freehouse and Mims Food + Drink.