Restaurant notes: Openings/revivals
Hunan in Ardmore; Paloma in South Philly; Timber in Abington.
You can try, but you can't knock out Hunan, which has been on Lancaster Avenue in downtown Ardmore since 1973 and has the distinction of being the first kitchen of Susanna Foo. (It's owned by her brother-in-law, Eni, and his wife, Betty, and son, Chris.) Six years ago, Lower Merion Township attemped to use the powers of eminent domain to seize Hunan and its neighbors under the guise of redevelopment. That failed. A fire last October knocked it out of commission for what was supposed to be a short period, since it was a grease fire that was quickly extinguished. But of course, inspectors found deficiencies in the kitchen, so the Foo family had to rebuild. Hunan plans to reopen later this week. The two-level interior looks great; fieldstone and Chinese objets d'art have been added. I'll post a menu later.
The haute Mexican restaurant Paloma, arguably the fanciest restaurant in Lower Northeast Philly when it closed last fall, is about two weeks from resurfacing in South Philly, at 863 S. Eighth St., the former Mezza Luna. Health inspection is due Tuesday, according to its Facebook page.
Timber, a wood-fired grill, will replace Inn Flight/Wing Walker Pub at 1301 Old York Rd. across from Abington Memorial Hospital, in about two weeks. The eatery is hiring.