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.
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.
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.
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