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Manayunk: Rubb-a-dub-flub

Chef Matt Levin will not be part of the Manayunk BBQ eatery.

Manayunk watchers should note that chef Joe Scarpone is now saying "early January" for his projects Agiato (paninoteca/wine bar at 4359 Main) and Agiato Bread Company (4351 Main), with Main Street Market to follow (4345 Main).

Developers Richard Rivera and Rob Nydick also are creating Rubb, the associated BBQ joint up the street (4445 Main), and it received its zoning approval.

But Matt Levin, the onetime chef at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, will not be running it, said Scarpone, adding that Rubb's operator would come from Agiato's ranks when the time was right.

For all the tender barbecue he's been putting out at various tastings, Levin has been one tough guy to pin down for specifics. Talk on the street is that he is looking at opening a bistro downtown. Apparently, there's nothing doing on Masano, his previous restaurant idea, in Northern Liberties.