Morrison, the operations end of the equation, had a hand in Chelsea Tavern, Nectar, and Maia. There's a full bar. Pizza prices start at $12 and hover in the teens. But this being the Main Line, they're offering a pie topped with osetra caviar and organic buttermilk ricotta for $95, and one with a Kobe beef tenderloin with egg and shaved, aged, grass-fed sheep's milk cheese for $50. Pastas start at $14.
It's open Monday through Saturday; starting Sept. 8, it will open on Sundays.
Philly's only "bring your own cheesesteak" eatery is the new Garage (1231 E. Passyunk Ave.), a veritable fun house set up in a former auto-body shop between Pat's and Geno's, featuring more than 200 varieties of canned beer, plus games. Jason Evenchik (Time, Bar, Vintage, Growlers), and his Bar partners Josh McCullough, Terrance Leach, and Sal D'Amato planned it around the simple idea of setting up a food truck permanently inside the garage and having a rotating assortment of food-truck operators dispense food. Until city inspectors sign off, the only food you can get is a hot dog.
This weekend is the target for Talula's Daily, a market-cafe from Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr next to Talula's Garden in the Ayer building at 210 W. Washington Square. (More here next week.)
Georges' in the Eagle Shops in Wayne (503 W. Lancaster Ave.), which closed after a dozen years, will be renovated and reflagged Peppercorn in a few weeks. Herb and Karen Lotman, who had been partners in Georges' with founder Georges Perrier, are going their own way with a modern-upscale spot focusing on what they call "elevated regional American cuisine, high-level service, in an approachable elegant atmosphere." David Murray, who was Georges' chef, will remain.
District 611, the high-minded South Jersey pizza-centric restaurant that closed in May after six months, is planning a comeback by Jim Brandenburger, the developer. It will be called District and will be more family-friendly when it opens in September at 710 Broad St. in Riverton. Ken Merriman, who co-created Tir Na Nog in Center City, and Tim Maher will run it.
Chifa - Jose Garces' four-year-old Peruvian-Cantonese hybrid at 707 Chestnut St. - closed last weekend. Garces plans to open a Cuban diner this fall in the same location. Unlike Chifa, the diner will also be open for lunch and dinner.
Thai Singh House, one of the city's earlier Thai restaurants when it opened at 3939 Chestnut St. in 1991, is closed, as its building is being razed for a new development. Management says it's moving down the block to 3900 Chestnut St. and expects to reopen in September.
After 2 1/2 years, Gino's Burgers & Chicken, the resurrected fast-food brand, closed the location across from the King of Prussia mall at 611 W. DeKalb Pike. In a statement, Gino's called the closing the result of "growing pains." While Gino's plans a Main Line shop, locations are open in the Baltimore area.
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