Tony Blanche washed dishes and shucked clams as a teen at the old Clam Tavern in Clifton Heights, and 30 years later, he returned to buy and renovate it.
Now, seven years later, he has taken over the old Lumps Tavern across the street. It's now Broadway Bar & Grill (329 E. Broadway, Clifton Heights, 484-461-2802). It's an industrial-look interior with eight beers on tap. Signature dish is waffles (jalapeño cheddar or plain) topped with roast beef, pork, turkey, chicken cutlet, or meatballs. It's open dinnertime through late night Mondays through Thursdays; lunchtime through late night Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Broad Street Diner at Broad and Ellsworth Streets returns Thursday, about five years after it went dark. New owner Michael Petrogiannis, whose diner collection includes the Melrose, Mayfair, Country Club, Warminster West, and Tiffany, will serve 24 hours.
Matt Moon, whose resumé includes Talula's Table in Kennett Square and briefly Talula's Garden, set up the new menu at Bishop's Collar in Fairmount. Sample: a braised short-rib sandwich with beer onions and blue cheese; turkey pot pie. His next stop is with Michael Schulson at Sampan as a sous chef, and then he'll join St. James Place, which Schulson and Rob Wasserman (Rouge) plan to open in the spring in Ardmore.
The Italian spot From the Boot, which expanded several years ago from Lafayette Hill to downtown Ambler, has a third location pending: the former Dolce Luna at 1502 Dekalb St. in Blue Bell's Whitpain Shopping Center. Opening is due in four to six weeks.
The Cambridge is the name that Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes have attached to their next place, at 1508 South St., due in the spring. It's now the Tritone, which remains open as the liquor license is transferred. Fetfatzes describes the Cambridge as a neighborhood bar serving a homespun menu.
Made-to-order stir-fry bowls and salads from a 50-ingredient list, plus shakes, are the basis of honeygrow, a fast-casual eatery coming in spring to 16th and Ionic Streets in Center City, the spot at the Oakwood apartments that formerly was the Pita Pit. Entrepreneur Justin Rosenberg has enlisted DAS Architects to channel the sleek spirits of Momofuku and Chop't.
Titra is the Italian restaurant planned for the ground level and mezzanine of the Aria condos, 15th and Locust Streets. Owner Victor Fellus says Titra will be posher than his other two spots, Mix at RiverWest Condos and Pub & Grub in CityView Condos. He aims for a February opening.
The Marathon Grill location at 10th and Walnut Streets will close at the end of the month to settle a lawsuit between the Borish family and investor Bernie Spain. Spain's new management team, headed by Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen (Cuba Libre, Brulee Catering), will install chef Matt Levin (ex-Adsum) to set up an American bar restaurant aimed at the neighborhood.
Dúbh Linn Square Pub is sandwiched, as it were, between two Jewish delis (Kibitz Room and Short Hills Deli) at 482 Evesham Rd. in Cherry Hill. Chef Jason Feehan is making the bold declaration that he serves the best corned beef - so good, he says, that if you say it's not the best you've had, the restaurant will comp your sandwich or entree.