Del Rossi's Cheesesteak Co., replacing a long-shuttered vegetarian restaurant at 538 N. Fourth St. (267-687-8874), puts brothers Michael and David Frank in business together. David, 40, was in the financial world, while most recently Michael, 43 - who's been in the food biz since he was 17 - was involved in two Mike's Steaks operations - one in the Comcast Center, which he sold to a partner, and in Two Liberty Place Two, which is now Rick's Steaks. It's open Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to midnight, till 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
Chick-a-Lic, a chicken specialist, is open across from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at 138 S. 11th St. Jack Chen and Ben Wang of the nearby Spice 28 are behind this quick-serve, which sells salads, burritos, rice bowl, wings, fingers, and soups.
Wegmans and Whole Foods have been carving out space in their supermarkets for small beer- and wine-focused restaurants. A smaller grocer is catching on. The Brown family, which owns 10 ShopRite stores in the Philly region, plans to open a restaurant in its store in Norriton Square, on Germantown Pike at Route 202 in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County. The company recently applied for a liquor license. Don't prepare to bend an elbow quite yet. Sandy Brown says the restaurant, which will serve craft beer, needs to be designed. It will be part of a large renovation at the store and won't open for at least a year. More immediately, the Browns are prepping their 11th market, due to open in June at the former Tasty Baking plant on Fox Street.
Ralic's on South, the seafooder/sports bar coming together for a December opening at 117-119 South St., has hired chef John Anninos, a Culinary Institute of America grad who spent 2008 and 2009 working on a commercial fishing boat after a five-year stint as chef-owner of the Morning Catch in Audubon, Camden County. His past also includes Striped Bass, Hush, and the Filomena restaurants in New Jersey.
New chef at the Rittenhouse "fast slow food" outlet Rotisseur (105 S. 21st St.): John Kasenchak, whose disparate kitchen experience includes Table 31, Murray's Deli, and the Garces outposts Tinto and Village Whiskey. The shop has restored Saturday service, so it's open noon to 9:30 every day but Sunday.
On the way out
Doc Watson's Pub managed to operate at 216 S. 11th St. for nearly 30 years (minus a spell seven years ago after management was cited for packing the upstairs with underage drinkers). The latest bar at that address lasted 51 days. Nov. 17 was last call at the Butcher & the Brewer. Before that, also under owners Matt and Colleen Swartz, it was the Boilermaker for six months. Under different owners, it was known as Blue Bear Tavern. The building was sold, and new owners plan to convert it to offices.
Photos, menus, and additional details about these restaurants, plus dining news, can be found at www.philly.com/mike. Contact Michael Klein at email@example.com.