Emerald Fish: The seafood BYOB that's been in Barclay Farms shopping center for about 10 years (four years under Mark and Ann Rowand) will be gone after Friday 12/19. Mark Rowand says he simply did not want to re-sign a five-year lease for Emerald Fish in this economy. He also pointed to a downturn for Cherry Hill restaurants after the openings of Cheesecake Factory and McCormick & Schmick at the mall.
Bibou: Pierre Calmels, who recently left the chef de cuisine post at Le Bec-Fin, is about to hammer out a French BYOB at 1009 S. Eighth St. in the Italian Market -- the former spot of Pif. Calmels' wife, Charlotte, will work the front of the house at the 28- to 30-seater. She says the experience will be akin to dining in their own home. (Yeah. Except you get a bill at the end.) Calmels left LBF under great terms, and Georges Perrier himself is talking up this place, which is penciled in for February.