Say hello to Gracie's Cafe

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Gracie's Cafe, a BYOB at 2960 Skippack Pike in Worcester, Pa. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com

It's old home week near the crossroads of Routes 73 and 313 in Central Montgomery County.

The Asian BYOB FuziOn has closed, and in its place, we now have Gracie's Cafe (2960 Skippack Pike, Worcester, 610-584-6958), a light and airy mix of Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. It's open for dinner only daily.

A bunch of veteran restaurateurs are at work at Gracie's. Buu Ly, who created FuziOn and later sold it, is the owner. Over the years, Ly had a piece of Ly Michael's in Overbrook Park and Chinatown and now also has Tazia in Chinatown. To manage, he's brought in Ian Mark, a former owner of the downtown destinations Cibo and Ciboulette and the Shore spot Red Chopstix, and Billy Wong, whose past includes eponymous restaurants in Old City and Warminster, Plate in Northern Liberties, as well as Tang's on South Street and Mustard Greens in Queen Village. (Wong is back after being "away." You may remember the story.)

Two chefs handle the two cuisines: Simon Vong, a Susanna Foo alumnus, does the Asian, while longtime Dmitri's chef Umesh Chhetri, born in Nepal, cooks Mediterranean. Vong's son Phillip is the manager.

Menu includes small plates such as shrimp scampi, mussels, clams, and potato roti, and the grilled octopus is a Chhetri specialty. Large plates (topping out at $19) include lots of fish and seafood, braised duck, Malaysian lamb rendang, and crab cake. The Mediterranean pastas get a plum tomato or sake-infused cream sauce.

The restaurant, still BYO, seats about 70, and there's a sweet patio out front.

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