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River Twice, a Southern-Inflected BYO, Will Replace Izumi on East Passyunk

Randy Rucker, a Texan chef with a James Beard Award nomination, will bring modern American with a Southern feel to South Philly's restaurant row.


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River Twice will open in the now-shuttered Izumi space on East Passyunk

Earlier this week, we told you that neighborhood sushi spot Izumi would close after 10 years in business. Now, we’ve got details on the concept taking its place: River Twice, a new BYO from a Texas chef with Philly ties, is already underway for the space at 1601 East Passyunk Avenue.

The chef behind it is Randy Rucker, who was named a semifinalist in the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef Southwest category in 2011; his wife is a Philly native.

River Twice will be “a modern American restaurant with Southern sensibilities,” Rucker said. Construction will begin soon; Rucker is looking at an opening in late summer or early fall.