Michael Klein: The Twisted Tail pairs food with live music

Chef Michael Stevenson (left) and owner George Reilly at The Twisted Tail. (April Saul / Staff Photographer)
Chef Michael Stevenson (left) and owner George Reilly at The Twisted Tail. (April Saul / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 04, 2011

George Reilly, an English blues guitarist and erstwhile bartender at Parc, is behind the days-old Southern-style blues and juke joint The Twisted Tail (509 S. Second St., 215-558-2471). It has transformed the former Kildare's near South Street, lightening up the seating and bar on the first floor.

On the second floor, Reilly has installed a live-music venue, wallpapered in sheet music and concert posters, with another full bar and a stage for acts five nights a week. Loaner instruments hang on the wall, in case you feel like jamming. There's also a cozy living room-like lounge with couches, two fireplaces, televisions, and a shuffleboard table. Booze will focus on bourbons.

Chef Michael Stevenson's specialty is flame-broiling everything from steaks to oysters over charcoal on his new Aztec grill.

It's now open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Lunch will start on Monday and will be served Mondays through Saturdays; the first brunch is scheduled Aug. 14.

It will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., except on Sundays, when it will open at 10 a.m. to serve brunch.


The owners of Catelli, which closed last month in Voorhees' Main Street complex, are planning to resurface four miles away in the fall in the Voorhees Town Center (the former Echelon Mall). Osteria Duo, also under Catelli chef Lou Imbesi, will be positioned as rustic, romantic, bustling, convivial, and more approachable than the swish Catelli. Catelli gift cards will be honored at the new location.

Briefly noted

Benny Lai, head of the family-run Vietnam in Chinatown and its offshoot, Vietnam Cafe, in West Philly, is looking toward a fall opening of Grillfish Cafe, an Asian seafooder at 814 S. 47th St. (It's the old Vietnam Cafe space before Vietnam Cafe took over the Abbraccio space next door.) He's going for a liquor license.

Restaurant Associates, opening a new restaurant at the Art Alliance at 18th Street and Rittenhouse Square, is hunting for a chef. Executive chef Ed Brown, who oversees RA's culinary programming, says he's taking resum├ęs and wants to hire a local.

Green Eggs Cafe, now in South Philadelphia and Northern Liberties, is planning its third location at 1301 Locust St., sharing the building of the child-friendly Nest gym. An opening date has not been determined.

Joe's Crab Shack, a seafooder out of Houston, will take the burned-out Houlihan's space in the 555 building on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.

To clarify a note in last week's column: The parking lot at Cafe Estelle's building (444 N. Fourth St.) is open to customers Tuesdays through Fridays.

Contact Michael Klein at mklein@philly.com and @phillyinsider on Twitter. Follow his blog at http://www.philly.com/insider.

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