He has imported his friends: college buddy Ryan Mulholland, last at Eastern Standard in Boston, is general manager. David Feola, whom Vernick hired at Toqueville, is his sous chef. Vincent Stipo, last at Deauxave in Boston, is running the bar.
Bistro St. Tropez chef/owner Patrice Rames has just opened the weekday-only Le Petit Cafe on the first floor of the Marketplace Design Center (2400 Market St.) to sell quick breakfast and lunch options including salads, soups, croissants, and sandwiches. It’s open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nina’s Waffles is dispensing hot Belgian waffles and Bucks County’s Owowcow ice cream from a storefront at 31 W. Mechanic St. (215-862-1660) in New Hope. Owner Louis Zanias was born in Greece and grew up in Belgium.
As the Latham Hotel reopens at 17th and Walnut Streets, it was the setting for the Colin Farrell-Terrence Howard mob thriller Dead Man Down. The hotel’s restaurant, an Italian wine bar Urban Enoteca, will open Thursday. Chef Dan Orvis’ dinner menu is mainly small plates (top-priced entrée is a pappardelle with braised short rib ragu for $25) See breakfast and dinner menus at www.philly.com/urbanenoteca.
The Hotel Monaco, which Kimpton is putting up at Fifth and Chestnut Streets across from Independence Mall, will have a ground-floor spot called Red Owl Tavern (plus chef’s table, mezzanine seating, and outdoor seating on Fifth Street, as well as a 300-seat rooftop deck. Opening is targeted for September.
In Riva — Art Cavaliere’s Italian under the Twin Bridges in East Falls — starts Tuesday-to-Friday lunch service on May 15.
If you have a one-track mind: The Station House (600 Station Ave. in Haddon Heights) will celebrate National Train Day on Saturday with breakfast and lunch specials taken from the Original Pennsylvania Railroad Dining Car Recipe Book.
More details, menus, and photos can be found on “The Insider,” my dining blog at philly.com/Food. See the openings on my interactive map at philly.com/mikesmap.
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