Tweed, the continental-influenced American restaurant from restaurateur Ed Bianchini and chef David Cunningham at 114 S. 12th St., is in its final stages of construction and has set June 10 for its opening. Rather than merely gloss up the space that formerly was Odeon, Bistro Bix, and Les Bons Temps, Bianchini had it gutted. The 11-seat zinc bar, part of a lounge on the entire first level, is about to be installed. Second-floor dining room will be set up with a mix of banquettes and tables. Most menu items will be $18 and under. Samples: Lollipop Chicken Wings (cut to look like lollipops, the wings are cooked and tossed in a spicy vinegar chili sauce with honey and served in a mini skillet with celery ribbons and a blue cheese and port wine sauce) and Sauteed Magret (an interpretation of the French dish Americanized with spring ramps and cornmeal pancakes paired with a sweet-and-sour gastrique and a shot of espresso for richness).
Tabu, the new bar on 12th Street, has fixed up its menu, adding more finger foods and lowering alcohol prices. It's continuing with its pairing dinners (three courses and three cocktails for $30) on the first Monday. Absolut is up for June 7. Yards Brewery dinner is due in July and bourbon is theme in August.
Brown Betty, the cake/cupcake bakery, opens a third location (its second "Petite" shop) on June 7 at Liberty Place.