If the name rings a bell: An unrelated Japanese/Korean restaurant called simply Maru opened last month at 206 Market St. in Old City. Maru means "round" or "perfect" in Japanese.
What's new R2L
, Daniel Stern and Suzette Mahoney's destination on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, opens tonight. For a look-see, go to http://go.philly.com/R2L
Du Jour has relocated to Commerce Square (2001 Market St., 215-735-8010), where it now turns out weekday breakfast/lunch. Its previous location, in the Symphony House at Broad and Pine Streets, is now Chew Man Chu, a pan-Asian, which just started dim-sum brunch from 11:30 to 4 p.m. weekends. See menu at http://go.philly.com/chew. Owner Marty Grims hopes to open a second White Dog Cafe in the spring at 200 W. Lancaster Ave., across from Anthropologie in Wayne.
Bruce Nichols of Museum Catering, a founder of Philly Beer Week, is taking over Society Hill's Zot (122 Lombard St.) with a beer-focused restaurant/bar called The Headhouse
in early March, in partnership with landlord Madame Saito Ai. (Pun! It's off Head
House Square.) He'll also run his commissary from the building. Menu will be global comfort food.
Chef Matt Levin weighs in on his departure from the Rubb project in Manayunk, which proceeds without him. "That was not for me," he said. "I need to be associated with people who have my best interest in mind, and that was a struggle. I wish them well." Levin said he first wants to set up his back-burnered bistro, Masano.
The former Sal's and Frangelica at 12th and Chancellor Streets will become a sports bar, name undetermined. Co-owner Jeff Sotland, a partner in Mikey's American Grill on Drexel's campus, says its atmosphere and elevated comfort food ("not pub grub") will be aimed at everyone in the neighborhood. He hopes to open the second week of March.
Malvern's Restaurant Alba is open for lunch Thursdays and Fridays. It has a wine list mainly of lightly marked-up Piedmonts.
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