The folks from the hit Chinatown BYOB Xi'an Sizzling Woks have opened a second spot, settling in Old City at 120 Chestnut St. with the bright, contemporary Xi'an Cuisine & Bar (215-627-1688).
The elevator is put to good use. The ground floor is a bar, the second floor is the dining room, and the third floor has karaoke in three rooms.
For now, Xi'an Cuisine & Bar is sharing menus with the Chinatown version. It's open lunchtime through dinnertime.
David Magerman of the Main Line's Six Points Restaurant Group is working on a second version of his kosher Citron + Rose, venturing into Rittenhouse Square this fall. He won't disclose the location.
Next week, Citron + Rose, which opened in Merion in 2012, is launching a more casual, family-friendly menu, and changing its name to C&R Kitchen. The new Citron + Rose downtown, also to be overseen by chef Karen Nicolas, will offer a more diverse contemporary American and Mediterranean menu than is served in Merion. Magerman is behind another restaurant, the Dairy, due to open in late fall at 289 Montgomery Ave. in Bala Cynwyd, across from C&R Kitchen.
Mexican restaurants open with regularity in the Italian Market, and most are humble taquerias. But a few weeks ago came Blue Corn (940 S. Ninth St., 215-925-1010), replacing the short-lived Torero Tapas Bar, which moved to Delaware County. It's date-night appropriate but casual enough for the kids. Two of the four Sandoval siblings worked in various capacities for Susanna Foo.
Though los hermanos are from Puebla, Amado Sandoval says they are aiming for city-quality food and alcoholic beverages. Blue corn is everywhere on the menu, from handmade tortillas to cheesecake. It's open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
South Jersey's outpost of Tacconelli's is open in its new, larger location in downtown Maple Shade at 27 W. Main St. Its menu still focuses on pizza, though Vince Tacconelli has added four salads and four pastas. It is still cash only and open only for dinner Tuesday to Sunday, and you cannot get Parmesan cheese. You don't have to reserve your dough, which is the deal at the Port Richmond landmark Tacconelli's. (The two are unaffiliated.)
Animo, the Haddonfield-based juice/salad/wrap/burrito specialist, ran out of room at its flagship shop. It moved last week into a former Cold Stone Creamery shop at 210 Kings Highway East.
Six months after leaving, chef Michael Cappon has returned to Isabella in Conshohocken. His new menu - replacing the one drawn up by Mario Rodriguez-Feo - starts in September.
The Farmers' Cabinet seems to have a bleak future, as the Walnut Street bar's landlord has filed suit in Municipal Court to oust operator Matt Swartz. Main Line restaurateur Michael Wei seeks more than $1 million in back rent, future rent, and unpaid bills. Swartz did not return a message seeking comment.
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