M is to open Monday

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Restaurant M at the Morris House Hotel at 231 S. Eighth St. near Washington Square, which went through two chef-owners (Edmund Rek and David Katz) before it closed in 2007, will be coming back Monday (7/13).

This time, hoteliers Michael DiPaolo and Gene Lefevre are keeping it simple - hence the name M. They'll use the small dining room at the 1787 colonial manor, but the focus will be on wine and drinks in the outdoor garden - arguably one of the sweetest outdoor spaces in Center City. Since they use that garden for weddings on Fridays and Saturdays, they'll open M from Sundays through Thursdays, at least through the summer.

Rather than fuss with a chef, they'll put out simple small plates from Pascual Cancelliere, who is about to open an Italian-Argentine BYO called 943 across from Villa diRoma in the Italian Market.

Click to the second photo for the menu.