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

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

SliCE opens on Sansom Street this Monday. [Meal Ticket]

Seriously? Another name change in store for Stephen Starr’s Stella Pizza? [Grub Street]

Coo’s Sports Bar & Lounge is hoping to open this weekend on north Broad Street. [Meal Ticket]

APO Bar + Lounge is overhauling their drink menu adding 14 new drinks to the menu. [Meal Ticket]

Barb and Suzy’s Kitchen is a new stand at the Reading Terminal Market serving Pennsylvania Dutch sandwiches and bacon cheese fries. [Grub Street]

Parker’s Prime is looking to open next week in Newtown Square. It’s the latest from the Win empire. [Table Talk, Philadelphia, Inquirer]

Whipped Bakeshop is getting its own storefront in Fishtown. [Meal Ticket]

Cupcakes Gourmet adds a location in the Gateway Shopping Center. Perfect after your Five Guys burger. The Best of Philly winner is expanding from their Frazer location. [Restaurant Club]

Dr. Watson’s Pub is going to be sold by longtime owner Barry Sandrow. [Philly Gossip]

Dr. Watson’s Now Open

The new old Dr. Watson’s is back open on South 11th Street. Under the stewardship of its original owner, the now 74 year old Barry Sandrow. Changing the name from Doc Watson’s to Dr. Watson’s seems like a sure-fire way to get beyond the sizable shadow of the bar’s scandalous past under Daniel Flynn, where the bar was caught with nearly 100 underage drinkers hiding out in a 4th floor apartment.

Burgers at the Dr. Watson’s are $6.75 and the fillet and veal dishes are the most expensive, at $18.95.

Reason #14 To Love Philadelphia: Doc Watson’s [Philadelphia Will Do]
Twenty-One, I Presume? [Philadelphia Weekly]
Dr. Watson’s Pub [Official Site]

Dr. Watson’s Is Days Away

Michael Klein reports that Dr. Watson’s Pub on 11th Street between Walnut and Locust streets is just days from opening. All that remains before opening is a Liquor Control Board walk-through.

Hopefully this incarnation will card patrons a bit more rigorously. The old Doc Watson’s came to a screeching halt after 100 minors were found in the bar back in March of 2005.

Inqlings [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Dr. Watson’s [Official Site]

Cebu Coming Soon

Philadelphia Weekly is running an ad in this week’s paper, page 87, for Cebu Restaurant & Bar, Coming Soon. “Old City’s newest restaurant concept.” We haven’t seen anything else on Cebu but assume it would be a Filipino restaurant.

Elsewhere in today’s Weekly there is an ad stating that the new/old Dr. Watson’s will open this month.

Dr. Watson’s Pub [Official Site]

Photos Of What’s Opening Soon III

Day 3 of our look at restaurants that are opening soon. Today we look at five restaurants opening in the Washington Square West neighborhood.
Oceanaire Seafood RestaurantOceanaire Seafood Restaurant has already won an award for best wine list, even though there’s obviously plenty of construction to complete before the doors open at this Washington Square restaurant.

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Doc Watson’s Is Coming Back

Under old management no less. And not the management that stuffed 80+ underage kids in a top floor apartment, but even older management. Original owner Barry Sandrow promises the return of a traditional neigborhood pub with one notable change, Dr. Watson’s Pub will be smoke free.

Dr. Watson’s Pub