- The owners of Old Eagle Tavern — the venerable, authentic Manayunk watering hole filled with local craft beers on draught and accompanying $15, three course prix fixe dinners — are opening a new bar in South Philadelphia. No word yet on if it will be dubbed the Spread Eagle or, perhaps more apropos, the Choking Eagle.
UPDATE: Are the Eagle folks headed to 11th and Ellsworth (above) in the spot that was formerly Felicia's? Certainly sounds like it.
- Meanwhile, Johnny Mañana’s of Midvale Avenue fame — yes, we know it’s in East Falls, but it’s close enough — will be slinging their Tex Mex fare in Center City before too long. They’ll be opening a new location at 2031 Walnut, adjacent to Monkey Bar, just down the street from Bard’s and a stone’s throw from Rittenhouse Square.
- Nice to see that Dave Magrogan’s Kildare’s empire is going green with Grady David's, a new concept with one location deep in Chester County that “features seasonal and locally grown foods and a wood-fired oven.” Also, “the to-go packaging, which is corn based, degrades after six weeks. [And] Grease is recycled for biofuel.” The restaurant is targeted at baby boomers over 50 who shop at TJ’s and Whole Foods. [ Philadelphia Business Journal ]