Octo Grille’s Delayed Opening Has a Not-So-Fishy Explanation

Octo Waterfront Grille, the newest bar/restaurant/lounge on the Delaware, has had to push back its planned Memorial Day opening — but contractor delays aren’t the holdup. Turns out there’s a bale of protected red-bellied turtles living underneath the riverside deck, forcing some design changes that will actually have a beneficial effect down the line: The revised structure is being built to last twice as long as a typical waterfront deck, which means that those turtles (and we imbibers) won’t have to be interrupted again for construction for at least another decade. Look for an early June opening.

Octo Waterfront Grille, 221 North Columbus Boulevard; 215-923-OCTO; octophilly.com.