A few notes:
Luca Sena of Ristorante Panoroma and the Penn's View Hotel has much going on. He's a partner in Kong, Michael O'Halloran's Asian restaurant opening in Northern Liberties in about two weeks. Last year, Sena bought the Snow White Diner at Second and Market Streets and presented plans to redo it. While Sena is too shy to talk, friends tell me that he's not going to "Continentalize" the Snow White; rather, he'll add a second floor and keep it as a diner. Timetable is not set.
Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, the carbo-lover's dream on 15th Street just south of Walnut, raised eyebrows (mine, anyway) by opening at 9 a.m. weekdays for breakfast in addition to its lunch, dinner and late-night offerings. Well, three weeks after opening, it's now limiting breakfast service to weekends.
The Joseph Ambler Inn in North Wales has opened a garden terrace, open for lunch, dinner and private parties, that's surrounded by lush flora. The inn also allows BYO with no corkage fee Friday nights and Sunday nights all summer, and just put on a nightly $35 fixed-price, three-course menu.