Gayle to go the BYOB route

Gayle -- chef Daniel Stern's Queen Village restaurant -- is going the BYOB route and will put its liquor license on the back burner.

Associate Sue Mahoney tells me that many people have long thought that Gayle was a BYOB anyway; it's in an unassuming storefront on Third Street between South and Bainbridge. About two years ago, Gayle began a BYO-optional night on Thursdays.

The plan, starting Wednesday, is to allow BYO (with no corkage fee) and to sell the remaining wines. When the inventory is depleted, the license will go into safekeeping for another project.

As for another project: Mahoney says plans for a lunchtime operation at the Cira Centre are on hold right now, pending talks with Brandywine Management. For two years, Stern ran Rae in that space until he announced its move this fall into the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. Mahoney says that construction at 2LP should begin in two weeks and that a fall opening is expected.