Archive for January, 2007

Cosimo Restaurant & Wine Bar Open in Malvern

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Malvern/Frazer’s newest restaurant, Cosimo, is now open for lunch and dinner. As many as 40 wines are offered by the glass, along with five craft beers and a bar menu (including cheese plate) priced at $9 to $15. The more extensive, American dinner menu is on the expensive side — expect to pay $25 to $34 for entrees.

Located where Yamashiro used to be: 209 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern PA, 610.647.1233

Mayuree Cafe to Close, Reopen in Devon

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Wayne’s Mayuree Cafe, home of the greatest thai red curry sauce this side of Bangkok, is set to close as of 1/15/07, apparently kicked out so that the mediocre Great American Pub can expand. What a sad day for Wayne.

The good news, however, is that they will be moving to a spot in the Devon Lanes building, hopefully opening around April. This obviously will not generate nearly as much traffic as the Wayne location, but hopefully they will do well enough to stick around. I’d hate to think I could never have that red curry again.

Carmine’s to Open 1/16

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Carmine’s Creole Cafe & Blues will open at its new location, 818 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, on January 16th. In addition to the same authentic Cajun menu of the Carmine’s in Narberth, chef John Mims will also offer lighter fare, a full service bar, a bar menu that features New Orleans staples and live music 5 nights a week.

Turks Head Inn Closed

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

West Chester’s Turks Head Inn has closed its doors. The location is currently under renovations and will be an outpost of sports bar Barnaby’s. Although a fun sports bar is always nice to have around, this is a sad day for foodies, as yet another restaurant spot in WC makes way for a chain restaurant with mediocre food and more focus on drink specials than dining.
(thanks to Brian for the tip)

Gypsy Saloon, Iron Hill Breweries Go Smoke Free

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

We’re happy to report that two bar/restaurants in the area have decided to prohibit smoking in all areas of the restaurant.

Iron Hill in West Chester (and every other Iron Hill) went smoke-free as of 11/30/06; with both it and Kooma (plus upstairs at Ryan’s before 10), it is now quite easy to have a great dining and bar drinks experience in West Chester without smelling like an ashtray.

Gypsy Saloon in Conshy is the first bar in that area to ban smoking — and it is about time. In our original review of the restaurant, we stated:

The biggest problem with The Gypsy Saloon is that the bar area allows smoking — yet offers inadequate seperation from the dining area. Several times during the meal, we had the displeasure of inhaling wisps of second-hand smoke along with our dinners. While smokers might relish the opportunity to smoke and enjoy a well-prepared meal, as a non-smoker I find it hard to justify visiting a (mildly) smoky venue when there are so many quality smoke-free restaurants in the area. They should consider only allowing smoking in the bar area after 10.

Gypsy prepares excellent cuisine — now it can be enjoyed with clean air as well!