* If all goes as planned, late January will mark the return of beloved Mount Airy restaurant Goat Hollow (300 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., 267-428-5672, goathollow.com) under the ownership of Neil Campbell (Race Street Cafe) and business partner Andy Shahan. The space has been renovated and the menu set as American brasserie, with craft beer and artisan cocktail emphasis in the bar. Live music's on tap, too.
* Marianne Gere and Kim Strengari, owners of Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon in West Conshohocken, have crossed the Schuylkill to open Southern Cross Kitchen (8 E. 1st Ave., 484-344-5668) in Conshohocken. It's a cross (there's that word again) between southern and modern comfort foods, so expect fried chicken, jambalaya and such at lunch and dinner daily and at Sunday brunch, too. Appetizers will be $7 to $14, entrées $14 to $28.