Chef Haruo Ige, who had been working with Krapugthong at Chabaa Thai, is chef. His menu includes sushi/sashimi, teriyaki ($18 to $25), tempura ($16 and $19) and bento boxes ($25 and $35). It's open daily for lunch and dinner.
Fond on the move
Three years after their debut on East Passyunk, Fond owners Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki and Tory Keomanivong are on the move from 1617 E. Passyunk Ave. They're not going far — 289 feet, according to Google Maps. They're taking 1537 S. 11th St. They'll pick up a liquor license at the new location, which is expected to open in October and November. Styer says the new Fond will have a six-seat bar. They have not determined what they will do with their current location. Prawlucki also owns Belle Cakery, a dessert shop, at 1437 E. Passyunk.
University City Dining Days, through next Thursday, has special pricing ($15, $25 or $30 per person) on three-course meals at 34 restaurants.
Ambler Restaurant Week runs July 20-29, covering two weekends.
Farm to Fork Week from the SJ Hot Chefs runs July 22-28 with four courses for $35. Details at www.philly.com/mike.
The Argentinean-Italian BYOB 943 in the Italian Market is closed while chef/owner Pascual "Pat" Cancelliere recovers from triple heart bypass surgery.
The South Street-area bar scene is getting a shake-up. Cavanaugh's, which has locations in University City, Rittenhouse, and the Delaware Riverfront, is buying the Dark Horse Pub (421 S. Second St.). The deal is pending transfer of the liquor license, expected in August. The Dark Horse is open pending the change.
Fish, Mike Stollenwerk's seafooder at 13th and Locust Streets, has started Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Besides à la carte options, there's a $35-per-person "endless" family brunch (two-hour limit).
Opa, the Greek restau-bar at 1311 Sansom St., just opened a nighttime beer garden in what was a depressing alley leading out to Drury Street — hence its name of Drury Beer Garden. The bar, fashioned from an old dresser, has what appears to be a boom box but actually plays tunes from an iPod. Table tennis, too.
Photos, menus, and additional details about these restaurants, plus dining news, can be found at www.philly.com/mike.