Michael Klein: Hotel redo brings Paramour to Wayne

Posted: September 29, 2011

The restaurant space at the Wayne Hotel in downtown Wayne, once the home of Restaurant Taquet, has been expanded and renovated into a dining room and bistro bar called Paramour (139 E. Lancaster Ave., 610-977-0600).

As part of the two-year renovation to the hotel, developer S.W. Bajus has also set up an outdoor veranda and a lobby lounge.

The bistro has plush semicircular banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the main dining room - now allowing for plenty of natural light - has an open kitchen, marble floors, and an enormous glass-walled wine display. An eight-seat, black-granite chef's bar accented with small tiles will showcase raw-bar and crudo offerings.

The main menu, a sort of American-meets-steak-house, has dinner entrees that start at $24 for chestnut ravioli, head into the $30s for steaks, and top at $45 for rack of lamb. It's open for weekday lunch and daily dinner; a bar menu is served from lunchtime through late night daily. See menus at www.philly.com/paramour.

What's new

Jasmine Rice, a cute-as-a-button Thai BYOB, has replaced the Warsaw Cafe at 305 S. 16th St. (215-546-0818). Owner Tom Jamavan was a partner in Trio in Fairmount. Wife Ann is a Thai-born home cook in her restaurant debut. It's open for lunch and dinner daily. Menus are at www.philly.com/jasminerice.

Briefly noted

The 401 Diner in Conshohocken, which opened early last week and closed days later amid staffing issues, is due to reopen Saturday with a streamlined menu.

South Philly restaurants Fond and Bibou made OpenTable's list of top "foodie" restaurants nationally. Speaking of Fond, pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki is prepping Belle Cakery, a dessert shop, at 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.

Ann and Dan Kolenick - she grew up in Wallingford, he near Pottsville - are the new owners of the Gables at Chadds Ford. The Kolenicks also own McCurdy's, in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Rosey's BBQ owner Chad Rosenthal has pledged 10 percent of all his Ambler restaurant's sales between Oct. 1 and 15 to help Ambler Borough recover from flood damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Rosenthal will double the donation on Saturday during Ambler's Oktoberfest.

In Phoenixville, Pickering Creek Inn's new chef, Jaime Pitale, was trained in Italy and has worked in Israel, California, Florida, and most recently in Stephen Starr's catering division. He has introduced a pub menu.

Walter Staib of City Tavern in Old City will battle Bobby Flay on Iron Chef on Sunday (10 p.m.). Staib's PBS cooking show, A Taste of History, will begin its new season on Saturday on WHYY.


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

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