Twi-Lite Lounge Under Contract

Photo via Yelp

Twi-Lite Lounge | Photo via Yelp

Loco Pez owner Joe Beckham confirmed with us today that he and his partners are under contract to take over Robert’s Twi-Lite Lounge at the corner of 20th and Bainbridge.

Beckham says that the concept is still up in the air but that it will be a restaurant. The scope will come as they get inside the building and can understand what the building can support. Beckham is also keen on neighborhood feedback, a wise move as just a half-block away, neighbors fought to prevent the Pub & Kitchen team from opening an all-day cafe back in 2011. That battle ended with the neighbors quietly buying the building for themselves.

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Want to Buy a Giant Squid?

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Varalli Restaurant closed in early July. According to Michael Klein, the corner building at Broad and Locust will be torn down next year. The contents of the restaurant, including a 34 foot long giant squid sculpture are listed online for sale.

The squid was created by Geronimo and Co. and Philadelphia artist, Greg Emore. Geronimo and Co. has also done works for projects like Captain Emo as Euro Disney, the Tower of Terror at Disney World in Orlando, Toon Town in Los Angeles and Red Square in Las Vegas.

Online bidding for the squid, Baby Grand Piano and the rest of the contents begin at 3 p.m.

Varalli Auction [Comly Auctioneers]
Varalli: Going once, going twice… [Philly.com]

Friday Saturday Sunday Throwing One Last Wine Dinner

Weaver and Jamie Lilley  at Great Chefs Event | Photo by HughE Dillon

Weaver and Jamie Lilley at Great Chefs Event | Photo by HughE Dillon

Restaurant institution Friday Saturday Sunday has been around since 1973, the lone survivor of Philadelphia’s first restaurant renaissance. Weaver and Jamie Lilly have guided the Rittenhouse Square restaurant through the decades and are selling the restaurant to Chad Williams, a Garces veteran and current chef at Tela’s Market. Williams and his wife Hanna are going to keep the name but make some cosmetic changes after a brief closure.

That closure is set for Saturday, August 15th, but before that happens, the Lilley’s are throwing one last wine dinner.

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Matyson To Become Second Milkhouse

Milkhouse's Coming Soon sign from Suburban Station.

Milkhouse’s Coming Soon sign from Suburban Station.

Tommy Guest, the owner and proprietor of Milkhouse, the grilled cheese and ice cream spot in Suburban Station confirms with us that he is taking over the just closed Matyson BYOB at 37 South 19th Street.

This will be the second location for Milkhouse, and will offer Guest some flexibility when compared with the original. There will be more room for seating, and gas grills, instead of the electric grills he’s limited to in the train station.

If all goes well, the second Milkhouse will open by the end of August.

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Matyson Closes

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Matyson’s final tasting menu. The BYOB closes after 12 years.

Center City BYOB, Matyson has closed after a 12-year run. Several staff members appeared in a photo on Instagram saying, “The end of a good run. Thanks for everything!” That post has since been deleted.

A quick stop in to the 19th Street restaurant today confirmed the closing. The chairs were up on the tables when they would usually be ready for lunchtime diners. A woman was cleaning out the hostess stand and confirmed that Matyson was closed. Towards the back of the restaurant, business casual types huddled and a couple others held large folders of documents.

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Volver Is Shutting Down For A Very Long Summer Vacation

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Volver is done for the summer. Not for a week (as is becoming almost standard among many of the more notable Philly restaurants), or for two weeks (which is the point at which we grow nervous about them ever opening back up again), but for a full two months.

The final night of service was June 30, at which point the whole place (Bar Volver included) went quietly dark. This is the message left on their Open Table page:

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Good News for People Who Like Bad News: Manayunk & South Street Closings

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Manayunk bar is closed for renovations.

Sunday night saw Manayunk’s Beast & Ale close. We’re told it is for renovations and that all employees have been absorbed into the three Feliz restaurants (Cantina Feliz, Taqueria Feliz and La Calaca Feliz) owned by Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal. We enjoyed the concept but that side of Main Street seems to struggle to get foot traffic. The location has previously been Bisou, Gemelli and MangoMoon.

On South Street, Alex Boonphaya is pulling the plug on Tuk Tuk Real. The Mexican/Thai mashup lasted about nine months (just about the same amount of time as Beast & Ale). Boonphaya will convert Tuk Tuk into the third location of his Circles family of restaurants, joining the original at 1516 Tasker Street and the more upscale location at 812 N 2nd Street in Northern Liberties.

If all goes well, the Circles location will open before July ends.

South Philly Barbacoa Getting a Storefront

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South Philly Barbacoa is getting a storefront.

South Philly Barbacoa, the Mexican food cart sensation from Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez is getting a storefront. The cart has been a weekend destination at 8th and Watkins since early 2014. But Saturday was the cart’s last service at 8th and Watkins. But on the very good side, Miller and Martinez are going to be getting a storefront at 1703 S 11th Street, the former home of Vegan Commissary.

Eater reports that the barbacoa storefront could open as early as the first weekend in July. As for Vegan Commissary, they closed as of May 31st and are looking for a new, larger location.

South Philly Barbacoa [Foobooz]

Susanna Foo To Close Radnor Location

aboutsusannapicSusanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen has been open in Radnor for nine years. But on Sunday, June 14th the Chinese restaurant will close. But as Foo herself says, “when one door closes, another opens.” Foo and her son Gabriel are closing to focus on their next project, SuGa at 1720 Sansom Street. SuGa will mark Foo’s return to Center City. Between 1987 to 2009, Susanna Foo was one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city.

SuGa is looking to open this fall. Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen will be running specials now through its Sunday closing.

Originally SuGa was to have Susanna Foo’s chef de cuisine Anne Coll in the kitchen, but Coll recently signed up with Chester County’s Whip Tavern.

Susanna and Gabriel Foo sent the following letter out to their customers today.

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Philly’s First Shabu Shabu Restaurant Closes

simply-shabu-940Philadelphia’s first shabu shabu restaurant, Simply Shabu has closed after a year-and-a-half. The BYOB, owned by the Tuan family, was located at 1023 Cherry Street. Though Simply Shabu was first, Chinatown has seen Hippot Shabu Shabu and Nine Ting open since. The restaurant earned a two-bell review from Craig LaBan last spring, but more recently was temporarily closed for a family vacation, a closure that was extended. Simply Shabu only survived two more weeks after its reopening.

Read the note from the Tuan family »

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