Quick Bites

Noble American Cookery is looking to open in early 2009 on the booming 2000 block of Sansom (Capogiro, Melograno, Porcini, Tinto, Vic Sushi, Village Whiskey). The former Gioia Mia is the being run by the group of Bruno Pouget (Caribou Cafe), Todd Rodgers and Chef Steven Cameron (Blue in Long Beach Island, NJ). Expect New American fare such as orange-glazed grass-fed beef shortribs, Pocono Mountain trout and lobster souffle.

Ugly American’s opening chef, David Gilberg has moved on to Bar Ferdinand. Sous chef Merlot Pagnatti moves on up and will be keeping much of the menu intact. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Pascual Cancelliere, who partnered with his father at the Italian Market’s Butcher’s Cafe is aiming to open an Italian-Argentine BYOB in the market in February. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Described to Drew Lazor as a “Moroccan El Fuego” Argan Moroccan Cuisine has opened at 132 S 17th Street. [Meal Ticket]

J.C. Dobbs is looking to have their liquor license by November 22nd. [Icepack, City Paper]

Boutros’ Mediterranean Specialties has opened in the Bellevue food court. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]