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Chops replacing Table 31 at Comcast Center

Alex Plotkin, who closed his Chops restaurants in Bala Cynwyd and Washington Square in late June, has a deal to take over Table 31 at the Comcast Center, which closed in September as its partnership imploded. He's calling it Chops at the Comcast Center.

Chops replacing Table 31 at Comcast Center

Rendering of new Chops at the Comcast Center.
Rendering of new Chops at the Comcast Center. EIMER DESIGN

Alex Plotkin, who closed his Chops restaurants in Bala Cynwyd and Washington Square in late June, has a deal to take over Table 31 at the Comcast Center, which closed in September as its partnership imploded.

He's calling it Chops at the Comcast Center.

Plotkin, who pre-Chops worked at the Four Seasons and later at The Palm, will get management assistance from Joe Wolf, who consults with building owner Liberty Property Trust. Wolf has been around for decades; he had the Corned Beef Academy in the 1980s and was a co-creator of Striped Bass in the 1990s.

Plotkin has brought in Eimer Design to redo the bilevel space, which will have a 19-seat bar in the center of an expanded bar area that will take advantage of the windows. A fireplace also is planned, and the outdoor seating will be revived pretty much as is.

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The overall look will be "less corporate-looking" than Table 31, Plotkin said.

Menu is not finished - and chef is not hired - but Plotkin said it would cross different price points to include prime meats.

Demolition is to start in about a month, with a projected spring opening.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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