Michael D'Addesi is fixing up his restaurant and building at Eighth and Fitzwater Streets, formerly Vesuvio, in stages. The first completed area is the bar, which he's calling Little Bar. Behind the wall, work proceeds on the rest of the space, whose concept has not been announced. Little Bar's menu is made up of small plates and is served nightly. Menu is here.
Tequila Joe's in Oreland has closed, a week after owner John Anderson decided to operate it as a BYOB following the loss of its liquor license. Need Mexican? Johnny Mananas at Midvale and Ridge Avenues in East Falls has reopened under new management and with a new chef, Sean Ford (who opened Continental Mid-town as executive sous chef and manned the one-man kitchen at Salt & Pepper when it was a BYOB). The place will expand next door this summer with a tapas bar. New menu, aquí.
Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar (17th and Sansom Streets) is luring Susanna Foo back to Rittenhouse Square – for one night, anyway. Foo, owner of Radnor's Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen, will do a $65-a-head kitchen collab with 1682 executive chef Guillermo Tellez on Sunday, February 27. The three courses, side by side, will be paired with wines from Pennsylvania's Penns Woods Winery. A cut of proceeds will benefit Philadelphia Academies. Menu is here.
IHOP restaurants are celebrating National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 1 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. IHOP will offer a free short stack of its buttermilk pancakes, and diners will be asked to make a donation to support the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.