Quick Bites

Cochon is now looking for a mid-October opening. The Passyunk Avenue BYOB’s menu will “strike a balance between rustic, comfy French country (steak frites, pork confit) and more adventurous “foodie food” (Gene’s tripe and pig’s feet stew).” [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Joe Pesce has been built over the ruins of Pompeii on Walnut Street. The Mediterranean seafood heavy eatery is the first of two as a second Joe Pesce will open in about a month in Collingswood. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

The former Taco Bell on South Street is becoming a pizza spot owned by the family that brought us Hollywood Tans. Venuto’s Old World Pizza is planning to stay open till 3:30 AM on weekends to offer sustenance to the bar crowds. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Cafe Estelle is planning a November opening for its fresh baked and made from scratch goods in the Lofts at 444 N 4th Street. Marshall Green will be doing the cooking, he’s currently sous chef at Meritage. He’ll be joined by his girlfriend Kristin Mulvenna who you may have seen at Cantina Los Caballitos, she’s the curly headed manager who is always on the move. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Le Virtu is another restaurant opening along East Passyunk. Blogalicious has all the details and photos of the spot. He got a tour after being spotted spying in the window. [Blogalicious]

Vango Lounge and Skybar, the Japanese fusion lounge from the people who brought us Byblos is looking to open in mid-October on 18th between Market and Chestnut. No word on if you can see the sky from the Skybar though. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Michael Klein has a rundown on the Belgian Cafe, the latest from Tom Peters and Fergus (Fergie) Carey. Brunch starts September, 29th and lunch will follow after that. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]