Restaurant moves: Circles, Rosey's BBQ, Bonte
The Thai restaurant is opening in Bala; the BBQ joint in Ambler closes for now; the waffle shop closes one location.
A few moves this week:
In Ambler: Rosey's BBQ has shuttered its smaller shop after 16 months. Owner Chad Rosenthal is being really tight-lipped about his plans, other than to hint that he'll resurface on Butler Pike. Which brings to mind one vacant spot: The former Shanachie, around the corner. Rosenthal (at left) is brother of Realtor-slash-Bachelorette heartthrob Reid Rosenthal.
A version, at least, of the critically praised Circles Thai is primed to go into 126 Bala Ave. in Bala Cynwyd, says Sarapee Hirankarn, an owner of the current operation, a Thai-Viet hybrid called Pa & Pa. She told me that the changeover would occur in late November or early December and that some Pa & Pa items could see their way onto the new menu. Circles owner Alex Boonphaya, whose original location is in South Philly and who opened a Northern Liberties branch over the summer, isn't talking.
Waffle specialist Bonte has closed its subterranean spot on 17th Street south of Sansom. Owner Kayur Popat says the 10-year lease was up for renewal but the numbers did not work. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Municipal Court records show that the landlord of Bonte's other location - in a building owned by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at 922 Walnut St. - is attempting to evict Bonte over about $10,000 in unpaid utility bills. Popat told me that the issue stemmed from a former manager's errors and that he would resolve the issue. (He'd better act soon. The writ authorizing the eviction was dated Oct. 18.) An attorney for Jefferson did not return my call for comment. Just to be 100-percent clear here: This Bonte location is open for business.