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Steakhouse for Queen Village

The longtime La Grolla/Il Villaggio space is being swanked up.

What Philly needs is a homey steakhouse alternative to the big Center City joints.

A place with an Art Deco look that appears to have come from the days of Al Capone.

Chef-owner Rich Donato says we'll get all that when he opens The Grill Room, at 780-782 S. Second St. in Queen Village. Lisa Kennard will run the front of the house.

The space at Second and Fulton Streets was La Grolla for many years before it became Il Villaggio and closed several years ago.

Donato is still working out the menu, but says there will be a raw bar and entrees in the $26 to $33 range, reasonable by steakhouse standards.

* Donato, who earlier had said he had an interest in North, the bar on South Street, now said he has no ties to the business. He said the opening would be in June.

*Post amended