Thursday, February 11, 2016

Restaurant notes: Jolly's new tune

The dueling piano bar at 20th and Chestnut Streets is taking over the Academy House.

Restaurant notes: Jolly's new tune

Mikawa is under construction at 425 S. Broad St., next to Bain´s.
Mikawa is under construction at 425 S. Broad St., next to Bain's.

Anyone know a piano mover?

Jolly Weldon is taking over the restaurant space at the Academy House (1420 Locust St.) with Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar -- the concept he started last year at 2006 Chestnut St.

He says he needs more room and hopes to open there by March 31.

Weldon adds that it's 99 percent certain that 2006 Chestnut St. will close, though he says it could remain as a bar.

The dueling piano show will run Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Weldon is moving ahead with his Jolly's of Delaware County, his piano bar-pub project at the former Rosario's in Morton, Delaware County. It's also due to open in late March. He says he has put on hold the crabhouse he was building at 15th Street and Oregon Avenue.

Meanwhile, the Academy House's last tenant was Sakeya, a Japanese restaurant.

If you fear that Sakeya's closing means that the Avenue of the Arts will somehow become underserved in the Japanese cuisine department ... not quite.

Cast your eyes to Broad and Lombard Streets. David Lin is a few weeks from opening Mikawa at 425 S. Broad St., next to the Bain's Deli owned by former Flyers star Keith Primeau. Lin owns Johnny Chang's Asian restaurant at Broad and Shunk Streets.

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