For their third stand at Reading Terminal Market, George and Kim Mickel have gone with burgers.
Hunger Burger, replacing the Tokyo sushi stand smack in the middle of center court, joins By George, their Italian stand on the Filbert Street side (1990), and Mezze, a Mediterranean takeaway (2003).
The name refers more to the Mickels' mission than to a customer's belly. They went to El Salvador with their church to work with King's Castle Ministries, supporting feeding programs.
They're setting aside a portion of profit to send to hunger-relief groups.
Menu is built around grilled Black Angus burgers from Creekstone Farms and served on Martin's potato rolls; milkshakes made with Bassetts ice cream from the other side of the market; breakfast burgers; and sides such as scalloped potatoes, mac and cheese, lobster mac and cheese, and chili.
Thai Singha House - one of the older names on Philadelphia's Thai scene, dating to 1990 - is back in business in University City. In fall 2013, it closed at 3939 Chestnut St., relocated by construction. Thomas Gamble has brought it back, taking space on the ground floor of the Chestnut Hall apartments down the street at 3906 Chestnut St. (215-382-8001, which you may still have on speed-dial). Setting is more intimate, and it's now a BYOB with a similar menu. It's open daily.
Brothers Giancarlo and Sandro Frusone, known from South Street's now-closed Ristorante San Carlo and Gnocchi, are back, with Me N Mo Meatballs & More (214 South St., 267-928-3262). It's a homey, easy-on-the-budget bar-restaurant, which allows patrons to mix and match up to eight meatball and sauces. It's open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.
Sarah Levine, a former bartender and freshly minted MBA, is about to take the first-time-restaurant plunge. She plans a Feb. 20 opening of Luna Cafe, which will replace Panini's at 317 Market St. in Old City. Levine has brought in chef Jordan Andino, whom she met while both worked at the Westin Hotel in Center City, to set up the kitchen and menu. He'll later yield the stove to a to-be-named chef.
Dana Smith Farrell, who opened Avenue Kitchen in Villanova nearly two years ago, is planning her second location with her brother, Gregory Smith. The bistro will take a spot next to Starbucks in Glen Eagle Square (477 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Glen Mills) this summer.
The Twisted Tail on Head House Square has retained the services of chef Andy Tessier, last at Pub & Kitchen after a turn at Farm & Fisherman. He starts next week. His predecessor, Leo Forneas, has returned to work with Michael Schulson, who is developing Double Knot, a bi-level coffeehouse/Japanese restaurant on 13th Street, next to Sampan.
Fat Jacks BBQ will relocate its Jenkintown restaurant to Elkins Park at the end of the month. New location will be 8120 Old York Rd., the former Burger. Org.