Barra Opening Tonight in Old City

Gordon Dinerman of Birra has recently helped Rob LaScala turn his Rocchino’s and Azione spots in Old City into one, larger restaurant called Barra. Rocchino’s and Azione were established at 2nd and Chestnut for six months before LaScala turned to Dinerman to relaunch the two as one, which was facilitated by a previous open connection between the two restaurants.

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Quick Bites: Belle Cakery Opens, Honest Tom’s Draws Closer

Belle Cakery is set to open today at 1437 E Passyunk Avenue. [Belle Cakery]

Honest Tom’s Taco Shop storefront on 44th Street is getting to that time. Tom says he’s expecting the heath inspector this Friday, and if all goes well he could open a week after that.

The upcoming bar at 25th and Aspen from the team behind Franklin Mortgage has a name, Lemon Hill. [Philly Chit Chat]

Kung Fu Hoagies is the name of the forthcoming vegan hoagie cart that will be stationed around West and South Philadelphia. [Meal Ticket]

Rob LaScalla (LaScala, duh) bought Paradigm and Dulce over the summer. By the end of the week both will be open as affordable Italian concepts. Rocchino’s is open at Paradigm’s old address and will serve a menu of pizzas and pastas. Opening Thursday is Azione, an affordable red-gravy Italian spot that will serve family style. [The Insider]

Over the weekend a shooting took place at the tucked away PEP Bowl. Uncool. Uncool. PEP Bowl’s our spot. [Metro Philadelphia]

Two New Concepts for Old City


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Rob LaScala who owns LaScala’s at 7th and Chestnut purchased Paradigm and Dolce back in January with the promise that they would be reborn with new concepts. Today we have those concepts.

Paradigm’s space will become Joe’s Kitchen & Wine Bar. The spot will focus on charcuterie, imported cheese and antipasti plates.

Baratta will go into the Dolce space and will offer brick-oven pizzas  and an Abruzze menu from LaScala’s chef Joe Nocella.

Both restaurants are aiming for a pre-Restaurant Week September opening.