Quick Bites

Inqlings has more on Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson’s (Mac and Sweet Dee on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) involvement in taking over Old City’s Skinner’s and recasting it as Mac’s Olde Towne Tavern. [Inqlings]

Avenida opened Thursday night on Germantown in Mt. Airy. It’ll be a Latin menu from Edgar and Kim Alvarez who met at Striped Bass. [Meal Ticket]

Looking to get into the GQ praised Bibou? Here’s another obstacle, owners Pierre and Charlotte Calmels will be closing for two weeks’ vacation starting January 17th. [Inqlings]

Parx Casino has opened in Bensalem with some new eating options. There’s a parxgrill, a steakhouse, 360 Bar, Foodie’s and coming in March, a new Chickie’s and Pete’s with Chickie’s videogame bar, Play2.

Maccabeam has become Glatt Delight. No other changes are noticeable. [Meal Ticket]

Eagle Village, formerly Spread Eagle Village has added two new eateries. A Taste of Britain has moved in from Devon and offers tea nd lunch. Early January will see the opening of Silverspoon, a farm to table BYOB for the Main Line. [Restaurant Club]

Franco Faggi is bolting from East Falls for City Avenue and the former O’Hara’s. He is aiming to open Franco’s Osteria, a wood-fired oven spot by late January. Faggi’s former spot, Franco’s Trattoria remains open under the control of the landlord. [The Insider]

The cupcakes keep coming. Philly Cupcake has opened at 12th and Chestnut. [Philly Chit Chat]

Quick Bites

Tom Drinker’s West opened quietly over the weekend at 39th and Chestnut. Six kinds of fries, pizzas and sandwiches make up the menu. [The Insider]

Today the Sang Kee Noodle House in the Sheraton at 36th and Chestnut opens. It’ll be open till 11pm and combine the noodle dishes of the Chinatown location with the sautee dishes of Wynnewood. [The Insider]

Chris D’Ambro who was praised for his ambitious menu at Bocca in Old City is resurfacing at Columbus Inn in Wilmington, Delaware. He’ll be executive chef at the new restaurant, scheduled for a winter opening. [Meal Ticket]

Vegetarians rejoice, Blue Sage founder Mike Jackson is opening Thoreau in the city. Vegetarians temper that enthusiasm, he’s taken the cursed spot at 1033 Spring Garden that hosted Root and Palate. [The Insider]

Burger Maestro is opening today at the Bellevue. Look for affordable burgers with fun toppings. Prices for the burgers start at $4.99 and Chicago style hot dogs at $2.50.

The former Les Bons Temps was rumored to be heading in an Italian direction earlier in the year but that never happened. Now comes word that it will become a French spot, Cafe Maurice, from chef David Cunningham and owner Edward Bianchini. [The Insider]

Pho Saigon has brought Vietnamese to Columbus Boulevard at the Riverview Shopping Center. [Meal Ticket]

Chickie’s and Pete’s has opened a new video game bar, Play2 at 15th and Packer. [Thrillist & KYW1060]

In other gaming news, David Brenner’s Amsterdam Billiards is looking to take over the soaring Beneficial Bank building at 12th and Chestnut. With the sad state of affairs of activity that typically goes on at this corner, a pool hall will be a welcome upgrade. Even if it weren’t a high-end one designed by DAS Architects! [The Insider]

Stephen Starr and fiance January Bartle are tying the know this Sunday. the reception will take place at Barclay Prime. [Philly Gossip]