Restaurant openings update

Here's a selected assortment of restaurant openings. (Wild card here is Stephen Starr, who seems to have some things, plural, up his sleeve besides the Mexican restaurant at 2013 Chestnut and besides the New York-style pizzeria takeout/delivery spot next to Parc.)

First off, Du Jour's Commerce Square location (2001 Market St., 215-735-8010) is open for weekday breakfast/lunch.

Second, Marc Vetri's Amìs opened Thursday, Jan. 14. (News here and here and here.)

Third, Zavino at 13th and Sansom opened Saturday, Jan. 16, as it awaits its liquor license. It'll give away up to two glasses of vino per person.

Fourth, Peter McAndrews' Italian Market branch of Paesano's (Ninth and Christian Streets) appears to be a week out. McAndrews just dropped a couple new sandwiches on me: (1) lasagna Bolognese with smoked mozzarella, bechamel, fried egg, and nutmeg, and (2) a creation called the Liberace: sauteed beef liver with pancetta, onions, sharp gorgonzola, hot sauce, pickles, iceberg lettuce, and mayo; he says the name comes from the fact that "the liver makes you sing." (And wear too much jewelry.)

Without further ado...


R2L, on the 37th floor of Two Liberty,  Jan. 21.

MIXX: The sports bar beneath Azie on Main in Villanova. Jan. 29.

943: Pascal Cancelliere says construction issues on his Argentine-American BYOB are finally resolved.



Maru Global Takoyaki: The newfangled Japanese concept at 255 S. 10th St. Feb. 1.

Thoreau: Mike Jackson (Blue Sage) comes (almost) downtown for a vegetarian eatery at 1033 Spring Garden St. Feb. 2.

Cichetteria 19: DiVino, the Italian off Rittenhouse Square at 267 S. 19th St., is changing to a small-plater under new owner Andrea Luca Rossi. Feb. 4.

Floret:  The reconfiguration of Pond in Radnor.

Garces Trading Co.: Jose Garces' cafe with wine shop at 1111 Locust.

Ulysses Voyage: The L.A. Greek is to debut in February at the former Deux Cheminees at 1221-23 Locust St.

Chops Too: The Bala Cynwyd chophouse takes over for the Oceanaire on Washington Square.

Dmitri's: Dmitri Chimes and crew head to 944 N. Second St.

Tap House: Brian Harrington (Public House, Mission Grill, Field House) says he's almost there with his pub at the Radian (39th and Walnut).

Fare: That's the name of the health-focused restaurant (wild, organic, sustainable) planned for 2028 Fairmount Ave. Was called Meze early on.


500°: Rouge makes its foray into burger world with a mostly takeout shop on Sansom Street just west of 15th. 

A version of Sidecar (22d and Christian) on Girard Avenue in Fishtown.


Amuse: The brasserie inside the new Le Meridien at 1421 Arch St.


Opa: A Greek/Mediterranean with bar at 1311 Sansom St.

15/18 Bar & Grill: Just what it says -- a bar and grill at 1518 Sansom St.

Jose Garces' unnamed "farm-to-table" concept at the Cira Centre.

Bobby's Burger Palace: Bobby Flay at the Radian (3925 Walnut St).

Cafe Maurice: French in the former Les Bons Temps at 114 S. 12th St.

Timber: The bistro replacing the Inn Flight across from Abington Memorial Hospital.

White Dog Café: The Penn mainstay branches to the Main Line at 200 W. Lancaster Ave. across from the Anthropologie in Wayne.