Les Bon Temps
, the Center City offshoot of Carmine's Creole Cafe in Bryn Mawr, has filled the gorgeous multilevel space at 114 S. 12th St. (215-238-9100) that previously housed Odeon, Bistro Bix and the TPDS Club.
Owners John Mims and lawyer Howard Taylor brought in Chalfont-raised chef Brett Naylor, 23, last at the Brick Hotel in Newtown after a year at George V in Paris.
It's dinner only for now; weekday lunch will start May 5, and weekend brunch will follow the weekend after that. Romantics who remember the space will want to ask for Tables 21 or 23; they're the ones on the twin balconies overlooking the first-floor dining room. (The accompanying photograph was taken from the top of the grand staircase.)
Also in the Cajun-Creole department: Chef Joe Brown of Cherry Hill's Melange Cafe hopes to roll out his new operation, Melange @ Haddonfield (18 Tanner St., Haddonfield) any week now. The second BYOB will be more than twice the size and will have outdoor seating and a small-plate menu.
Mere days old is
, a sports bar with 13 plasma screens, at 30 E. Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore. Owner Joe Rufo owns Brownie's 23 East across the street. Menu tops out at $17 for the New York strip. It's open daily for lunch, dinner and late night, and it's smoke-free. Rufo says he's "seeing how things go" before he takes Brownie's that route.
Jerry Volpe has brought the sandwich menu from the South Philly landmark Shank's & Evelyn's into a second operation in Cappy's, a bar at 6901 Frankford Ave. (215-543-9897) in Mayfair. He's doing cheesesteaks, roast beef, roast pork, sausage and peppers, hoagies, fried eggplant and chicken cutlet from noon to 10 p.m. daily.
If all went according to plan, last night marked the debut of Memphis Taproom (2331 E. Cumberland St., corner of Memphis in Port Richmond, 215-425-4460), a gastropub. Chef Jesse Kimball is formerly of Matyson and Lacroix at the Rittenhouse. Planned operation will be lunchtime to late night daily, with weekend brunch starting soon.
A slew of openings are imminent, including:
Kanella, 266 S. 10th St. (at Spruce), any day now.
Union Gourmet Market & Cafe, 1113 Locust St., next Thursday.
Il Fiore, 693 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, possibly next week.
Apothecary, 102 S. 13th St., possibly next week.
goodburger, 1725 Chestnut St., on May 3.
Zahav, 237 St. James Place, in early May.
Maia, 789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, on May 6 (a $100-a-head charity grand opening is set for May 3).
JL Sullivan's Speakeasy, under the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets, mid-May.
Table 31, in the Comcast Center (17th and Arch Streets), May 18 for limited service and June 3 for official lunch and dinner debut.
10 Arts, in the Ritz-Carlton (10 S. Broad St.), on May 20 (dinner); breakfast and lunch are added June 9.
Chima, 20th and JFK Blvd., a soft opening Memorial Day weekend.
Earth Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Ave., early June.
See "Food & Drinq" at http://go.philly.com/foodanddrinq for daily updates.
What else is coming
Bucks County-based brothers Paul and Pete Kelley are behind a licensed location of the Boston-area
Tennessee's BBQ & Grill
(1295 E. Lincoln Highway, Levittown), which they hope to open in mid- to late-May. (See concept at
» READ MORE: www.tennbbq.com
.) Specialties are St. Louis, baby back, and Texas beef ribs and brisket, and there will be a full bar; they're making a point of serving Pabst Blue Ribbon. Philly's DAS Architects is doing the design. Focal point will be the smoker, which the brothers plan to have blessed by their cousin, the Rev. William Kelley at Holy Name Catholic Church in Camden.
Dave Kane, formally of Pif and Pumpkin, is now executive chef at
(1511 Locust St.).
Steve Zurla was promoted to executive chef at the Duling Kurtz House in Exton.
Josh Sapienza, last a manager at Jones, is general manager at Rae (in the Cira Centre at 2929 Arch St.), where Peter Scarola, last at the Inn at St. Peter's Village in Chester County, is now executive pastry chef.
Mama Palma's, the pizzeria at 23d and Spruce Streets, will be out for several weeks after an electrical fire.
Hamlet Bistro, which enjoyed a decent three-year run on Emlen Street in Mount Airy, bowed out after dinner last night. Chefs Raul Schmalzbach and Jennifer Bostic are getting married and are moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.