Marianne Gere and Kim Strengari, from West Conshohocken's Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon, have crossed the Schuylkill to open Southern Cross Kitchen, a restaurant-bar on the former site of 8 East at 8 E. First Ave. in Conshohocken (484-344-5668).

The cross does not refer to the Fayette Street bridge; rather, the cuisine is a cross between down-home Southern classics and a modern comfort food (jambalaya, fried buttermilk chicken, smothered pork chop, etc.) with dinner entrees between $14 and $28. The dining room is done in pumpkin creams and moody blues. The first-floor dining room seats 40 plus 20 at the bar. The second floor seats 80 for dinner and will also be used for private parties.

It's serving lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday brunch is 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Southern Cross Kitchen is the duo's fifth restaurant since the opening of Bryn Mawr's Bella Luna in 2000. West Conshohocken's Stella Blu opened in 2001, Gypsy Saloon in 2004 and Bella Luna Pizza Kitchen in 2008.