Table Talk: Old Goat Hollow reopens in a new guise

Posted: January 24, 2013

Goat Hollow, which enjoyed a nearly 20-year run in Mount Airy before it closed in 2004, was revived this week.

But about all you'll remember is the stone-clad building (300 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., 267-428-5672). New owners Neil Campbell (who owns Old City's Race Street Cafe) and Andy Shahan gutted it and installed a stunning wood-fired hearth backed by exposed bricks, providing a gorgeous bar area on the first floor. Twenty-two beer taps, including two pumps and two nitrogen lines, are offered, as well as cocktails. A second-floor dining room also serves as private dining. They are also creating an outdoor seating area behind a custom gate.

Chef Adam Glickman cooks American fare. Appropriately, since his previous stop was Monk's Cafe, moules et frites are a specialty. Entree prices top out at $24.

Goat Hollow's lunch and dinner menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., followed by a late-night menu. Weekend brunch is on the way.

Another revival

Binni & Flynn's, once a popular cantina chain dating from the early 1970s (most notably in Gateway Shopping Center on Route 202), is being revived after 12 years. Meridith Coyle, whose parents founded Binni & Flynn's, will set it up in her Berwyn restaurant, Aneu, at 575 Lancaster Ave. Target for opening is the week of Feb. 25. Coyle said she would move Aneu's breakfast and lunch trade to her market at the side of the building at 575 Lancaster Ave. Her catering company will be run out of the market. She said she has found the family of the original chef and intends the food to be as it was.

What's coming

Steve's Prince of Steaks, founded three decades ago in a corner store near Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philly, is looking to open at 16th and Chestnut Streets in the former Krispy Kreme doughnut shop across from Liberty Place. Time line has not been announced.

The corner of 18th and Walnut Streets that until recently housed Kiehl's will become an extension of sorts of a.kitchen, the restaurant on the 18th Street side operated by the AKA Rittenhouse Square hotel. The new restaurant, expected to open in May, will limit its menu to cold stuff: oysters, charcuterie, crudo, and toasts, with an appropriate wine and cocktail menu.

Briefly noted

Perhaps this was just a round hole: Chef Matt Levin has left the nascent Square Peg (10th and Walnut Streets), opting for a reassignment within GuestCounts Hospitality, which owns Square Peg, Brûlée Catering, and Cuba Libre. On Twitter, Levin announced: "It wasn't fun cooking the same food anymore." Square Peg opened in March.

La Petite Dauphine, the brunch/dessertery in a classy brownstone walk-up at 2029 Walnut St., is gearing up for dinner service in a couple of months by offering a cheese cart Wednesday evenings and extending tea service to weekend evenings.

Ten Six Club, a retooling of the Walnut Room above AlfaAmerican Tavern at 1709 Walnut St., opened last week. Same owners, Joe Beckham and Giancarlo Dipasquale, who tout the look - which features white nude mannequins - as "1960s mod meets British rock with bold pinks and golds, luxe Chesterfield sofas, and beaded drapery." It's open Tuesdays through Saturdays.


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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