Monday, July 6, 2015

Restaurant notes: Trestle Inn... Dmitri's... new 24-hour diner

Dive bar getting new life; third Dmitri's has an opening date; "what'll it be?" in Conshy; Starr going before zoners.

Restaurant notes: Trestle Inn... Dmitri's... new 24-hour diner

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Trestle Inn, the dive bar under the train tracks at 11th and Callowhill Streets, will get new life. Recently filed LCB records name the new owners as Ian Cross and Josette Bonafino, founders of Multicultural Youth eXchange, and list the corporate name Gladurhar. Cross politely declined my inquiry about the concept or opening date.

The Northern Liberties outpost of Dmitri's (944 N. Second St.) is up for a March 17 opening, says owner Dmitri Chimes.

Monday (3/8) is the rollout of Andy's Diner & Pub (505 W. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, 610-940-1444), a 24-hour operation replacing the short-lived H.I. Rib & Co. Same team is behind the Blue Bell Diner in Blue Bell, the American Star Diner in North Wales, and the Liberty Diner in Springfield, Delco.

Stephen Starr and company go before the city's Zoning Hearing Board on Tuesday (3/9) with plans for a yet-to-be-named, 250-seat biergarten on Frankford Avenue north of Girard in Fishtown. The plan cleared the Fishtown Neighborhood Association's zoning committee last week and is expected to get city approval. Starr tells me that he hopes to open in June and that he's bringing in a consulting chef from Austria.

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