Restaurant notes: Sniffin' around White Dog; Reading Terminal beer change-up

White Dog Cafe. (Photo: Juliette Lynch)

  • Friday, Nov. 12 saw the debut of the Wayne branch of White Dog Cafe (200 W. Lancaster Ave., across from Anthropologie). This spot has been nearly two years in the making. Menu from chef Zach Grainda (previously at Daddy O hews to the locavore American fare making the rounds today. (See dinner menu here. Lunch will start Nov. 16.) The handsome interior gives off mixed signals -- the dog pictures on the wall and the dark woods in the bar area seem right out of Radnor Hunt, while the bright, whitewashed look in two dining rooms has a Pottery Barn feel. Don't miss the "library," which has a series of books whimsically suspended from the ceiling. As for opening, owner Marty Grims awaits approval from the LCB. If you're one of those first-nighters who feels obliged to one-up your friends about your travels, you'll have to call 610-225-3701.
  • Shake-up at Reading Terminal Market: The Beer Garden, which has been there for 25 years or so, has been sold to veggie guys Vinnie and Jimmy Iovine, who plan a gastropub to be called Molly Malloy’s Bar & Grill.* The transfer of ownership will take effect when the Iovines’ liquor license application is approved, possibly within 90 days from now. Then it’s renovation time. The Beer Garden is still open under Tony Novelli.   *- Name changed
  • Mark Coates, who closed his Bebe's BBQ shop in the Italian Market, has taken to Facebook and Twitter to announce that he's now chef at Fergie's Pub. He spent Tuesday picking up a smoker for the restaurant.