This one's far off and way under the radar, but I'll throw it out there: South Philly-bred chef Joey Campanaro -- who owns the little owl, Market Table, and Kenmare in New York -- is taking over the former Frederick's on Front Street in Queen Village (Google Mapped below). Among the partners listed on papers filed with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board -- in the corporate name "The Village Belle" -- is brother Louis, a Culinary Institute of America grad and the long-ago chef at the late Olive in Cherry Hill. (Paul Sevigny, Chloe's older bro, is one of Joey Campanaro's partners in Kenmare.) Name and concept are undefined, but it's safe to say that the overdreckorated interior of Frederick's will be scooped out.
Stephen Starr is taking over the Broad Street Diner at Broad and Ellsworth Streets -- for real this time, as he backed out of a deal previously. (The news was first reported by Philadelphia Magazine.) Starr told me that he's kicking around either "gastro-diner" or Vietnamese for the concept. Because ... apparently there's no Vietnamese cuisine in that part of South Philly. Starr is also planning an English pub at 18th and Sansom Streets. Starr would provide no names or opening dates for either project.