The News Everyone Missed: Plotkin vs. LaBan Lawsuit Settled

It’s pretty amazing that in a town where restaurant news travels at supersonic speeds, this little tidbit could have sat for so long. A thread that began yesterday on Chowhound reveals that the libel lawsuit between Chops owner Alex Plotkin and Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan — the lawsuit that centered on LaBan’s review of the Bala Cynwyd steakhouse and that was chronicled in Philly Mag by Steve Volk in 2007 — was settled… way back at the beginning of April. Unsurprisingly, both LaBan and Plotkin have the same thing to say about this: “No comment”. We’re hearing that a lot lately.

Quick Bites

The Insider provides a look inside Alex Plotkin’s Chops. The form of the former Oceanaire is still there but there are new touches like artwork and new hardwood floor. [The Insider]

Hawthornes beer boutique and eatery will be adding a new dinner menu starting February 1st.

Meal Ticket has a bit more on The Bottle Shop, a new craft beer store hoping for an April opening on East Passyunk. [Meal Ticket]

Philadelphia Chutney Company is planning locations on Temple’s campus and at 1628 Sansom Street, the former home of Remedy Tea Bar. [The Insider]

It’s still open as Di Vino, but on February 4th the Rittenhouse wine bar will officially open as Cichetteria 19. [Meal Ticket]

Black Angus, which we told you about in December inches closer to completion. It’s an Old West themed steakhouse for the 100 block of South Street. [The Insider]

Jim’s Soft Pretzels opened over the weekend at 4th ans South. [Meal Ticket]

10 Arts at the Ritz Carlton gets four-diamonds from AAA. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Dave Magrogan of Kildare’s fame is opening Mas Mexicali Cantina at the former Coyote Crossing in West Chester. [WC Dish]

Doc Watson’s last night will be Wednesday, February 4th. New owners will refurb the space and turn it into Sherlock’s Tavern. [The Insider]

Fellini Cafe in Paoli has closed for good. [Main Line Restaurant Guide]

Quick Bites

It’s official, as we first mentioned in September, Alex Plotkin will be taking over the Oceanaire space on Washington Square. He expects to do minimal changes before opening it in February. The working name is Chops Too, Michael Klein has more details. [The Insider]

“Food on Sticks” to Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film?” Drew Lazor’s post about Solo in Chinatown even gets better. The skewered menu tops out at $2.50! [Meal Ticket]

Want a peek at Michael Schulson’s Sampan menu? Then check out his edition of  The Philadelphia Diet. [Grub Street]

Lafayette Bistro has opened at 5th and Fairmount. Meal Ticket has photos and the menu of this Mediterranean BYOB. [Meal Ticket]

Doc Watson’s is getting sold and transformation. When complete the venerable 11th Street fixture will become Sherlock’s Tavern, an English pub. [The Insider]

Nick Bronson of Michael’s Cafe has left for the Northeast’s doughy Wild Flower Bakery. [Meal Ticket]