Restaurant notes: Updates, and how about a meatball slider?

Slider at the Village Belle.

A few updates on restaurant openings:

  • If all goes right with a city inspection Wednesday, Leila Cafe will be open that afternoon in its new spot at 1356 South St. It moved from 13th and Pine Streets. Same Lebanese-accented menu. King Tut, the replacement at 13th and Pine Streets, is at least a week away. (Or am I just in de-Nile?)
  • Kokopelli, the Southwestern small-plater, is talking about a Dec. 9 opening at 1904 Chestnut St. Want to see chef Gina Rodriguez's menu? Then click here.
  • Le Pain Quotidien's first Philly location, at 1423-25 Walnut St., is shooting for early January.
  • Jose Garces' people are saying "next year" for Frohmans Wursthaus, his brats-and-beer joint at 13th and Chancellor Streets.
  • They were working on Stephen Starr's English pub at 18th and Sansom Streets last Saturday night. By my reckoning, it's still at least a month out.

And one tasty dish:

The Village Belle in Queen Village has added the gravy meatball sliders from co-owner Joey Campanaro's NYC spot, the little owl. (Here's an explainer.) The sliders, a combo of beef, veal, pork, and pecorino, are cooked in gravy that Joey and brother Lou learned to make from their grandmother Rosie Bova. They're served on a garlic bun baked in-house.