A branch of the casual Lafayette Hill Italian favorite From the Boot opened last July in the space next to the Ambler movie theater that was Agave and Ralph's (110 E. Butler Ave., 215-646-0123). Its long-delayed liquor license is expected sometime this month; it's open for weekday lunch and daily dinner.
Finn McCool's, a family-friendly sports bar, is running in the old stone Wyndham Hotel at 34 E. Butler Ave. (215-643-3466). It's open from lunchtime to late night daily.
The town's most polished yearling is Dettera (129 E. Butler Pike, 215-643-0111), a wine bar by developer Frank Lutter, serving American cuisine in downtown atmosphere with downtown prices. It's a dramatic bilevel operation with an outside deck featuring a brick fireplace. Chef Thomas Groff previously owned Blue Sky Cafe in East Norriton and cooked at the Jefferson House. Wine list has 40 by the glass, 120 by the bottle.
Also new nearby, just down the pike, is Domenico's (602 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, 215-641-9100), a mid-priced Italian restaurant with bar, which replaced the Blue Horse. It's open Mondays through Saturdays for dinner and is an offshoot of a seasonal Shore operation in Ventnor.
Briefly noted Xochitl
(408 S. Second St. in Society Hill) has reopened with a new bar area and new, lower-priced menu from new chef Lucio Palazzo. It's now open for dinner and late night daily.
Rudi's on Park, the ambitious bistro in the heart of Swarthmore, has folded after three months. Management is offering refunds on gift cards. See http://go.philly.com/rudis.
March 26 is the expected season opening for Stephen Starr's Burger Shack on Franklin Square.
Eight steak houses are collaborating on a promo called Steak Month - a $50 three-course menu offered Sundays through Thursdays through March 31: Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, Delmonico's Steakhouse at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Morton's the Steakhouse, the Palm, the Prime Rib, Saloon Restaurant, Smith & Wollensky, and Union Trust.
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