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Nov 14, 2011 08:28 AM

Big two weeks for restaurant openings in the city


(edited out the suburban places, sorry


11/5: Birra, the pizza and beer operation at 1700 E. Passyunk Ave.

11/7: Percy Street BBQ's outpost in the Comcast Center shops

11/7: M Kee, a duck house at 1002 Race St. in Chinatown

11/10: Ulivo, Joe Scarpone's Italian at Passyunk and Catharine in Queen Village

11/11: Ela, the modern American bar from Chip Roman and Jason Cichonski at Third and Bainbridge Streets

11/12 or 11/13: Kris, the reincarnation of Kristian's at 11th and Federal Streets.

11/17: Route 6, the Stephen Starr fishery at 600 N. Broad St.

and more to come later in the month or in December.


Starr's Il Pittore just opened too, in the last week of October. Covered in this thread:

So... who has been to any of these places yet? Ulivo missed their date, but was open over the weekend.

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  1. Thanks for summarizing all the openings Barry... I am going to be going to Ela on Tuesday. I think Forest and Main will be opening either late this month or early December, which will make the folks in Ambler very happy!

    1. Vedge should be opening any minute now too.

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        1. re: barryg

          Actually, I just read that they're opening tonight, soft opening, no liquor license yet.

      1. Tapestry, 5th & Bainbridge, is opening on Wednesday. That's the former Adsum. The concept is gastropub.

        From Michael Klein:
        "In sum, the menu will be simplified while the bar selections have been exploded.

        Rivera says the bar will have 24 taps, 120 beers, 200 varieties of spirits, and 20 wines by the glass."

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        1. re: barryg

          Anyone been to Tapestry? Heard Katie Loeb is doing the drinks menu there.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I haven't been there yet but I'm pretty sure Katie Loeb is actually tending bar there, not just doing the drink menu. She's not at Oyster House.

        2. My father works across the street from the Comcast Center, and I've been in his ear since last week to try Percy St.'s new post. I'll try to get him to go sometime soon and have a report. The main problem isn't convincing him it's a good idea but rather getting him to remember by lunch time...

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            1. re: tzanghi

              Father finally made it to Percy St. He said it was just ok, nothing to write home about. He said he had a chicken sandwich, but after looking at the menu, unless they had it on special that day, he must be mistaken(not surprised). He specifically said that the bbq sauce just wasn't that good.

              1. re: tzanghi

                New one or old one ? Found old one, on South St., to be very, very inconsistent.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  Inconsistency = Death knell of a restaurant.

                  I went to Morimoto twice with my daughter, ordered the same dish, and it was different. She had trouble understanding my unwillingness to go back again. Even if a place is a dive, it's unsettling to walk in and suddenly get superior food and service.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    That is pretty troubling considering they are smoking meats all night and then just putting it on a plate when you order.

                    1. re: barryg

                      I guess that was his gripe, the lack of sauce in general. I asked him about it again, and he said it was a chicken sandwich special but that it really was just ok. For what it's worth, I wouldn't exactly call him a foodie, though he does have discriminative tastes.

                    2. re: tzanghi

                      Just for another opinion, I made it there (percy st in comcast) last week and had a great experience. A couple of thoughts... $10 for a sandwich, side & drink is a pretty solid deal for the comcast center - and since it's a little bit separated from the other restaurants (just up the steps), there was no line at all for percy st, even when it was 10-deep at the pizza place. I had the barbecue chicken sandwich (with cole slaw and jalapenos) and a side of mac & cheese and was very impressed - bold flavors that worked well together. I still haven't been to the original location, so I can't compare.