Restaurant notes: Suburban doings; pop-up fun

  • The Mainland Inn, the old-school destination off the Lansdale exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in central Montco, is closed "at least temporarily," as reported in this morning's Reporter. Phone number has been busy all morning. Its website says it's closed for "improvements" -- though I'm afraid that might refer to the economy.  
  • Alfredo Giannaccari of the Newtown Grill (aka Alberto's) in Newtown Square (and Sole in Stone Harbor) tells me he's taking over the former Trattoria San Nicola in Berwyn with a BYO called Alfredo. "Very reasonably priced comfort food from Naples -- ragu, short ribs, fresh fish, antipasto bar, local ingredients," he said. Workers are chiseling out San Nicola's old mural; the decor will be rustic and wood-y. Opening is projected in early September. (San Nicola's Paoli location is still around.) h/t MainLineDine
  • Those Washington Square "pop-up" collab dinners July 27-29 featuring Kanella chef-owner Konstantinos Pitsillides are about half sold-out, Starr folks tell me. They'll also serve a limited menu and drinks on the porch and at the inside bar if people don’t get reservations. And you should know that Kanella will be open those nights.
  • Music promoter Matthew "Feldie" Feldman email-blasted to seek public support for his Lucky Old Souls restaurant-club project at 1713 McKean St. in South Philly. There's a Liquor Control Board hearing on his liquor app at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4 at Eighth and Market Streets, and he's hoping to muster a crowd of supporters. Email him at