Time for new restaurants
After a brief lull, the region's restaurant scene has come roaring back to life with new openings.
Start with last weekend's rollout of the second location of the pizza/wine bar Zavino, in University City (3200 Chestnut St., 215-893-3195). This Zavino is three times the size of the original at 13th and Sansom Streets, with two ovens, a spacious charcuterie counter, an expanded menu from chef Carlos Aparicio, and all sorts of seating.
Estia Taverna - the semicasual offshoot of Estia, Center City's luxest Greek restaurant - is soft-open at 140 W. Route 70 in Marlton (856-596-5500), replacing the partners' Pietro's Coal-Oven Pizzeria. Another location is up for summer at 200 S. Radnor-Chester Rd. in Radnor Township.
Petruce et al. - rustic, wood-fired cooking from chef-brothers Justin and Jonathan Petruce and friend Tim Kweeder - is due to launch Friday at 1121 Walnut St.
Cafe Ynez, a Mexico City-inspired BYOB diner from Jill Weber and Evan Malone, will grand-open March 31 at 2025 Washington Ave., inside Malone's NextFab workshop. It will serve Mexican coffee and pastries daily and has a to-go counter plus an eat-in option. Specialty will be rotisserie chicken.
Blue Bell Inn (601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell) is due to come back from a multimillion-dollar renovation on April 7.
Bank & Bourbon - the Loews Hotel's renovation of SoleFood into a smart American restaurant with dual bars and custom barrels for whiskey aging - opens April 9.
Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin of Fork and High Street on Market now run a.kitchen and a.bar, too.
The Treemont - Chip Roman's Center City seafood-centric bar, in the Aria (231 S. 15th St.) - is targeting April.
Stock - a pho shop at 308 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown from Zahav alum Tyler Akin and his wife, Nicole - is saying April.
The Hattery Stove & Still - inside the revived Doylestown Inn - is due to open in April.
Junto - Garces alum MacGregor Mann's old-world-style Pennsylvania-theme BYOB in Chadds Ford - is up for the end of April.
Townsend - chef Townsend "Tod" Wentz's solo debut at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave. - is looking to open at the end of April. Good Stuff Eatery - the burger-centric spot at 108 S. 18th St. by Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn - is looking at May.
Aldine - chef George Sabatino's solo debut at 19th and Chestnut Streets - is saying May.
Lolita - Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's renovation and liquor-licensing of its Mexican hot spot - is up for "spring."
2nd Story Brewing Co. - the changeover from Triumph Brewing to new owners at 117 Chestnut St. in Old City - should be wrapped in April or May. For now, Triumph remains open.
Abe Fisher and Dizengoff - the Jewish cuisine themer and its hummus shop at 1605 Sansom St. - are up for spring.
Federal Donuts' next shop, at Seventh Street and Fairmount Avenue, is targeting April or May.
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