Michael Klein: New eatery for Queen Village/Bella Vista

Chef Eric Paraskevas of Bainbridge St. Barrel House.
Chef Eric Paraskevas of Bainbridge St. Barrel House.
Posted: November 08, 2012

The neighborhood-friendly Bainbridge Street Barrel House has lit up the corner of Sixth and Bainbridge Streets (267-324-3553), next door to Bistrot La Minette and across from Beau Monde.

For the crowd in this pocket where Queen Village meets Bella Vista, it should be a welcome addition. It's open at 8 a.m. for breakfast and brunch, and offers daily lunch and dinner/late night service.

The contemporary dining room - where cold and heat are blocked by a revolving door - has a roomy bar with two 50-inch TVs and an open kitchen, where you can watch executive chef Eric Paraskevas (ex-Happy Rooster, Continental, Lolita, Slate, and Terra) turning out dishes such as his signature burger (two house-ground, four-ounce patties, Muenster, cucumber-habanero relish, and IPA mustard on a house-made English muffin).

Running the show is Jordan Fetfatzes of the Bella Vista Beer Distributor family (hence the 24 beer taps).

Tea for you

La Petite Dauphine, David Smith's Euro-style tea salon in a grand brownstone at 2029 Walnut St., has started afternoon weekend tea. The $26 prix-fixe experience is served on Saturday and Sunday in reservation-only, one-seating sessions beginning at 3:30 p.m. Smith will go to seven-day service from Dec. 13 through 24. Canapes, scones, Devonshire cream, fresh berries, savory tea sandwiches, and yummies from the dessert cart are on the menu.

What's new

South Street's reputation has been one of quick-service restaurants and boisterous bars. Certainly, Copabanana at Fourth and South - which has been dispensing burgers and margaritas since the Bicentennial - deserves credit for maintaining that air. And now Bill Curry, who runs Copa, has gone genteel, opening Redwood next door (340 South St., 215-238-1512). Redwood exudes a grown-up look and feel with a subdued lighting scheme and twin 12-bottle Cruvinets, one for reds and one for whites. Menu is easy on the pocketbook, too. Joining Redwood in coming months will be a restaurant from Peter Serpico and Stephen Starr as well as Ralic's on South at 119 South St.

Han Dynasty's Cherry Hill outpost is open: Saw Mill Village (404 Route 70, 856-428-0088).

Caterer Zack Ftouh has opened the Kasbah Cafe (119 S. York Rd., Hatboro, 215-394-8444), a BYO whose Mediterranean menu is served daily for lunch and dinner plus Sunday brunch. Previous occupant of the space was McCourt's Farm to Table.

Mike Stollenwerk has opened Rhino Bar at 13th and Locust Streets (215-557-4442), giving the corner a pub with eight taps, a raw bar, and food served till 1 a.m. weekdays and 2 a.m. weekends. (It's open at 4 p.m. weekdays, at 11 a.m. weekends.) Rhino replaces Fish, which Stollenwerk recently moved just east on Locust Street - still within the Independent Hotel.

BBQ shake-up

Rosey's BBQ, which enjoyed a three-plus-year run in Jenkintown Square at 505 Old York Rd. in Jenkintown, has closed. Owner Chad Rosenthal has sold the operation to Glenn Gross, who operates Fat Jack's BBQ with locations in Northeast Philadelphia and Vineland, N.J. Rosenthal, who very recently closed the Rosey's shop in Ambler, said he wanted to devote all his time to a forthcoming restaurant in Ambler whose location he would not disclose. The smoker in Jenkintown won't be down for too long. Gross said he intended to get cracking in two weeks as Fat Jack's. Before Rosenthal opened Rosey's in that Jenkintown strip mall, it was known as Abner's BBQ.

Briefly noted

Bela Durst, whose local kitchen stops include Black Sheep, Prohibition Taproom, and Steve Poses' Franklin Foodworks after an apprenticeship 30 years ago with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant in San Francisco, has joined Cafette in Chestnut Hill.

Ryan Sulikowski, a veteran of Bobo's 33 in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Moro in Wilmington, is now executive chef at Lotus Farm to Table in Media. (Big accomplishment for a dude who is 25.)


Photos, menus, and additional details about these restaurants, plus dining news, can be found at www.philly.com/mike. Contact Michael Klein at mklein@philly.com.

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