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Chef change at Silk City

Silk City in Northern Liberties is bringing in a new chef. Also, two corners of Spring Garden Street are getting new life.

Jay Henson, formerly at Happy Rooster and more recently at the Inlet at the Jersey Shore, is joining Silk City at Fifth and Spring Garden at the beginning of March, says owner Mark Bee. Same American concept. Bee is aiming at May 1 for his 50-seat outdoor beer garden.

Also on Spring Garden Street:

Bill Papatolis says he's bringing back his Spring Garden Restaurant on the southwest corner of Fourth and Spring Garden in about three weeks. Spring Garden, an old-time Greek diner, lost its lease two years ago when the adjacent supermarket was being developed. He struck a new deal with the building owners and has rehired much of his old staff.

Also on the way, across from Finnegan's Wake at the northwest corner of Third and Spring Garden, is an Asian diner called Ken Shin.