The former Roy's restaurant at 15th and Sansom Streets has a new tenant.
It's Ocean Prime, a luxe steak- and seafood brand from Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, which bills it as a modern American supper club. I'm hearing March 2013 as the projected opening. I'm also hearing that Cameron Mitchell - and he's an actual guy who owns about 20 restaurants in major cities - will drop $5 million on the build-out.
The building initially had been earmarked as American Oak, a tavern, by the building's former owners, Joe and David Grasso. That project went nowhere.
So the chains are back, Philly.
Walgreens is coming to the former Borders store at Broad and Chestnut Streets with a high-end pharmacy that will dispense sushi. (Sushi, you should know, is good for what eels you.)
In the gossip phase is a Cheesecake Factory as part of a planned new development on the southeast corner of 15th and Walnut Streets. The rumors say it will take the second floor of the building. Also, I'm hearing that international casual clothier Uniqlo is on board for that building as well. Update: Cheesecake exec Alethea Rowe says: "Our restaurant development team is always on the look-out for A-1 sites to further grow our Cheesecake Factory brand presence, and all sites that fit our criteria for success will be seriously considered." A serious no-comment.