Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dining bites

SquareBurger's season extended; a peek at Koo Zoo Doo's menu; a new Italian restaurant coming to Northern Liberties.

Dining bites

Clark Gilbert in the dining room of Gemelli. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)
Clark Gilbert in the dining room of Gemelli. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

A health inspection is expected shortly for Koo Zee Doo, the Portuguese BYOB planned for the former Copper Bistro space at 614 N. Second St. in Northern Liberties. (You read about it first here on Aug. 12.) Husband-and-wife owners David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves suggest peeping a draft of the menu here. Update: Goncalves advises that her signature biscuits -- which lured patrons to her previous stops at Ugly American, Coquette, Matyson, and Loie -- will be offered at lunch (which is planned to start in November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). For dinner, she'll bake traditional breads, such as broa (a crusty corn bread). Opening is targeted  for Thursday (10/8).

Up the block, at the southwest corner of Second Street and Fairmount Avenue, will be an Italian BYOB tentatively called La Fuente. It's awaiting zoning approval. In a case of coming full circle, the spot used to be an Italian eatery called Chiamicello's before CREI real estate occupied it.

Gemelli, chef Clark Gilbert's first solo act, opened Tuesday (9/29) in Narberth.
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