No Triangle News, But How About a Royal Izakaya Update

Meal Ticket reported earlier and then went back on a story that Stephen Simons and Dave Frank (Khyber Pass Pub, Royal Tavern, the Cantinas) were set to take over the Triangle Tavern at 10th and Reed. And as much as we would like that to be the case, Simons tells us it isn’t so. Though they did put a bid on the property “a while ago,” that offer was not accepted.

Simons also tells us construction has just begun on the long-anticipated Royal Izakaya project set for 2nd Street in Queen Village. The opening date for that Japanese pub is about three months out.


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  • For the record, that initial Meal Ticket did say “reportedly” and did include the notion that Simons had yet to weigh in.

    Plus, though the initial bidding occurred some time ago, it wasn’t THAT long of awhile that this all happened – it was only last Thursday into Friday that the deal between Triangle and Simons finally and truly broke down. All parties were on hand-shaking terms last Thursday.

    I know time is hastened in the food biz but it ain’t speed of light quite yet.

    At any rate, it would be great to see someone with Frank/Simons neighborhood savvy and credibility take over the Triangle. That would make for one great bridge between the Italian Market and East Passyunk.
    Carry on and thanks.

  • Stopit

    Wish they were closing instead. Couple of manipulators.

  • Michael G

    I remember the old guy singing at the Triangle in the early 90’s. Of course back then Yuengling Lager drafts were 75 cents. Now that I think of it i think the Royal Izakaya was in the planning stages back then as well or at least it seems like they have been planning it since then.