Blue Bear Tavern Closed (Again) but What’s Next?


HughE Dillon reports that 12th Street’s Blue Bear Tavern is out of commission again. The bar which replaced the legendary and sometimes notorious Doc Watson’s seemed to struggle from the beginning and was closed for part of February before having a “grand reopening.” Eater is rumor-mongering that the team behind Farmers’ Cabinet is scoping the place out. Us, we hear a shamrocked conglomerate is looking at the space.

Closed Eateries [Philly Chit Chat]
Rumor Mongering: Farmer’s Cabinet Crew Taking Over Blue Bear Tavern; Tiki Bar Deal Dead [Eater]


Quick Bites

Bistro 7’s Michael O’Halloran was looking to open a second restaurant a year ago but that deal fell through. Now he’s back, aiming to open Kong, a Chinese comfort fooder at 702 N 2nd St, the former home of Sovalo. [The Insider]

Tony Luke’s is going international with frozen microwavable sandwiches. Look for them in your grocer’s freezer this April. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Homestyle grub and “killer breakfasts” are available at Williams Cafe near the corner of 13th and Christian. [Meal Ticket]

The Daily Pennsylvanian has some more details on Ned Taddei’s The Blockley Pourhouse and Mary Oaks restaurant set to open at 38th and Ludlow by the end of the month. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

When we read “Doc Watson’s” and “locked in” in the same sentence we thought the pub was back to its old antics. But no, current owner Barry Sandrow is locking himself in the bar to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. [Daily News]