Quick Bites

Turney and Saffran’s Barbuzzo is now set to open in July. Grub Street has some details on the oft-delayed project. [Grub Street]

Gnocchi founder Sandro Frusone is back in the kitchen after a 10-year stint in Italy. His new/old menu debuts this week. [The Insider]

The former Chew Man Chu at Broad and Pine is on the market. The asking price is $595,000 in key money and $130,000 a year in rent. [LoopNet via Brownstoner]

Patou has bid adieu after 6+ years in Old City. Chef Patrice Rames’ Bistro St. Tropez continues on unaffected. [The Insider]

Tim McGinnis, one-half of Spinal Tapas has signed on as culinary director of Philly Kitchen Share. His charge, creating a new restaurant just west of PKS’ South Street location and to add a corporate catering arm to the business. [Meal Ticket]

After Max Brenner was blown away by a dinner at James he got chef and owner Jim Burke to create some dishes for Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man. [The Insider]

Jack McDavid’s Down Home Diner is going to undergo extensive renovations. When it returns there will be a new kitchen, restrooms and a dinner menu. [Grub Street]

Green House will be an all-vegetarian restaurant coming to Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. [The Insider]

A.D. Amorosi has an interesting nugget in his column today, Roosevelts at 23rd and Walnut has sold or is about to. [City Paper]

Bastille Day At Patou & St Tropez

Patrice Rames is celebrating Bastille Day at his two Philadelphia restaurants this weekend. Saturday Bistro St. Tropez celebrates with a 3-course Bastille Day menu for $38.

Across town in Old City Patou is offering dining and dancing. The cost is $25 for 3 plates or $35 for 5 plates. Price includes admission to party or $10 admission for the party from 9:30 pm to 2 am.

Menus after the jump.

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More Bastille Day Celebrations

Our personal favorite for Bastille Day is still heading up to Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount but that doesn’t mean we aren’t tempted by these Bastille Day celebrations.

Bistro St. Tropez
It’s the 20th year Bistro St. Tropez has been hosting their Bastille Day celebration. Owner Patrice Rames is creating a special 3-course menu for just $35. And that price includes complimentary carafe of wine per table of 4 people and live Jazz piano. [Bistro St. Tropez]

Brasserie Perrier
It’s always a lively time at Brasserie Perrier with a DJ fueled party spilling out onto the sidewalk. A $30 three-course menu rounds up the fun.[Brasserie Perrier]

La Boheme
11th Street’s La Boheme will add a special 4-course, $40 menu to their regular offerings for Bastille Day.

Bistro St. Tropez’ east-side sister restaurant, Patou is offering a $25 prix fixe menu in their open-air dining room in Old City. [Patou]

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Eating Alfresco Is Going To The Dogs

The howl of Joe Sixpack has been heard. April Lisante of Philly.com covers the trend of dog friendly dining that seems to have sprung up this spring.

Call it a case of Le Bec Fido, but something doggone tasty is happening this spring at restaurants from Rittenhouse Square to Northern Liberties to the Main Line: customized canine menus for pampered pooches.

Dog Bites [Philly.com]
Fido-friendly restaurants [Philly.com]

Outdoor Dining This Spring

Well you might be hard pressed to find a touch of spring in the air today but rest assured it’s coming. and with spring comes alfresco dining. The Daily News takes note of several places to dine outside. Including Tavern 17 a new restaurant and lounge set to open May 1st on 17th Street just down from the Warwick Hotel. Tavern 17 will seat 170 indoors and another 16-20 outside, plus they’ll have a special menu for pooches!

Additional alfesco dining:

  • Patou
  • Meridith’s
  • Avalon
  • Positano Coast
  • 333 Belrose
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room
  • Ecco Qui
  • The Water Works
  • Restaurant M

Alfresco, old & new [Philadelphia Daily News]

Plenty of World Cup Options

Looks like lots of places are doing World Cup Final parties this Sunday. In addition to the excellent spots we’ve been recommending for World Cup viewing, look for other special events to be happening.

The Irish Pub kicks off their celebration at 9 AM at both 1123 Walnut Street and 2007 Walnut Street. There will be a specially priced breakfast and lunch specials and $2 Bud Lite drafts.

Patou, at 312 Market Street wants to be Philadelphia’s French Headquarters for the last match of the World Cup. The doors will open at 11 AM for brunch and there will be specials throughout the day including $3 bottles, $4 drafts, and $1 off cocktails. There are 5 TV Screens above the bar + 1 large-screen TV in Patou’s dining room. And at halftime Patou will also be offering steamship roast beef sandwich station with salads for only $10.

The Irish Pub [Official Site]
Patou [Official Site]