Table Talk: Peacock on the Parkway has changed its feathers

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The powers behind the new Kujaku, in the Windsor at 17th and the Parkway, are Old City sushi master Bo Choi (left) and Maurice DeRamus, previously of Zen in Northern Liberties.

After nearly 14 years, Peacock on the Parkway, the odd-shaped, multilevel Mediterranean eatery off the lobby of the Windsor at 17th and the Parkway, has strutted off.

Or has it?

The new occupant of the space is a refined white-tablecloth Japanese concept called Kujaku - and it means "peacock."

Yesim Apaydin of Peacock supposedly still has a hand in it, though the guys out front are Bo Choi, who owns Uzu Sushi in Old City, and chef Maurice DeRamus, last at Zen in Northern Liberties.

Kujaku (1700 Ben Franklin Parkway, 215-569-8888) is opening slowly. Initial hours are 9 o'clock or so for breakfast through 3 p.m. or so for lunch. Sunday brunch is expected soon.

Breakfast menu includes American items (eggs, tofu scramble, challah French toast) and soy ginger hanger steak ($12), grilled glazed salmon ($12) and maple duck hash ($12). Lunch menu is more Asian, with a full line of sushi/sashimi.

Dinner and a liquor license are on the way soon, says Choi.

What's new

Bruce Kim, who won raves at Sushikazu in Blue Bell, has sold his interest and opened Misso, on the ground floor of Center City One (1326 Spruce St., 215-546-2355). It replaces the short-lived Miraku. Kim's menu incorporates the usual sushi/sashimi and mixes in some Asian fusion. He also plans an elaborate video setup, by which patrons can order by pointing to food flashing on the screen. It's open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays.

New-ish is Slainte - say it "SLAHNCH-ah" (means "drink to someone's health") - an Irish pub at 3000 Market St. (215-222-7400), across from 30th Street Station and the main post office. It's from the team at the nearby New Deck Tavern. Menu - most everything is $13.99 or less - is on from lunchtime through late night. Sunday brunch and Irish breakfast are expected in March.

Briefly noted

Redstone American Grill, always packed in Marlton, is looking at June 2 for a Plymouth Meeting Mall location.

Joy Manning, who left Philly Style mag late last year, is the rumored new restaurant critic for Philadelphia Magazine.

Chef David Katz (last at Silk City after a star turn at the shuttered Restaurant M) and investor Andrew Krouk (who owns the bricks of Center City's Melograno) are planning a bistro at 24th and Locust Streets. Concept and name are still in development. Construction is due to start next week.

Alison Barshak's new restaurant in Fort Washington will be called Alison Two - fitting that it will be Barshak's second operating restaurant, after Alison at Blue Bell. She is building out the old Marita's Cantina.


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