Philly's dueling-piano scene will get a major player on Sept. 19 Oct. 3 with the opening of the high-energy national chain Howl at the Moon, which is taking over a former Buca di Beppo at 258 S. 15th St. in Center City, next to Fox & Hound. (It's also around the corner from Duel in the Academy House.)
Howl may specialize in dueling pianos, but the house musicians jam on other instruments. This location (one of 14) will be comparable in size to the Boston location, a company rep told me; there will be seating for 125 and capacity is 350.
Owners promise 86-ounce buckets of booze (top sellers are Sex on the Moon and The Jumbo Hurricane) and oversize Jell-O injectors distributed by party hosts dressed as cheerleaders and cowboys.
Beer list is stocked with many locals (from Yards, Troegs, Victory). Chef Steve Regosch's resume includes Mission Grill, Public House and most recently, Urban Saloon.
Among dishes: warm chorizo and queso dip served with hand cut tortilla chip; kung pao calamari; Memphis BBQ pork quesadilla; pizzas (such as carbonara, provolone broccoli rabe and sausage, and caramelized onion chorizo pizza; plus such sandwiches as stuffed pork belly, Korean BBQ short rib tacos, a build-your-own burger; crab cake sandwich; and various salads.