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Tiramisu Coming to Berwyn

Monday, August 29th, 2011


It’s been a strange couple of years for 720 Lancaster Ave. in Berwyn. For more than 10, the Berwyn Coffee Company lived here, casually and perhaps inconspicuously serving coffee and snacks to a small dining area. In 2010, however, after the departure of the coffee specialist, a tea specialist — Royal Tea House — moved in. Caffeine, in milder form.

Things started to get interesting in early 2011 with the introduction of La Petite Maison, a French bistro that opened in March, sharing the space with the tea house. Chef/Owner was Maurice deRamus, who’s worked at several area spots, including Meridith’s and A la Maison in Ardmore. Though we never made it there, the restaurant got wildly mixed reviews for both food and service, but universal confusion as to why there wasn’t a sign of any sort indicating that the restaurant even existed in the Tea Room space.

Fast forward a few months, and the Royal Tea House closes, announcing that they will be moving up the street to 682 Lancaster Ave. at the end of September (online ordering is still available). The space is vacated. Since La Petite Maison had no sign or no website, it merely disappears.

Then, all of a sudden, an onslaught of PR for the new, glitzy, high-end restaurant in the Wayne Hotel, Paramour, overtakes every food-related publication in the area. This is clearly a big-money opening — as big as we get in the ‘burbs, surely. The chef of this new venture? As if you had to guess – it’s Maurice deRamus! (Incidentally, the Paramour press release does not list La Petite Maison as part of deRamus’ experience.)

Which brings me to today. It looks like yet another restaurant is coming to this very same spot: Tiramisu, with a subhead of “Cucina Romana,” which is especially interesting when considering how close this spot is to Alfredo BYO, a popular neighborhood joint that specializes in Southern Italian cuisine (you could throw a rock), and Fellini Cafe, another popular red-sauce joint. I’ve always heard that McDonald’s and Burger King franchises actually do better when they are across the street from each other than when they are alone, so perhaps Berwyn is on its way to becoming an Italian mecca. And the idea of authentic Roman cuisine is certainly something I can get behind — especially if we can get Carbonara without cream, and guanciale instead of pancetta in both the Carbonara and the Amitriciana. How about some Fried Artichokes? Cacio e Pepe? Maybe even Coda alla Vaccinara? I’m getting excited just thinking about the possibilities.

Of course, I have no idea what Tiramisu will actually sell, or if it is even a sit-down restaurant (though I did see 7 tables through the window). All I do know is that they have a sign.

It’s a start.

Paramour Coming to Wayne Hotel

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Billed as “Sophisticated dining in the iconic Wayne Hotel,” Paramour will open this fall in the newly renovated space that once held Taquet. Though my first thought upon reading the headline was “Wow, this is going to be expensive,” an “affordable” menu is promised, especially in the more casual areas. Paramour will actually offer four areas for guests to dine, grab a light bite or have drinks: the outdoor veranda, with a garden-like setting and comfortable, mocha-colored rattan chairs and couches; a contemporary lobby lounge featuring high-backed cream leather chairs, ottomans and a working fireplace; a bistro bar with plush semi-circle banquettes; and a formal dining room with direct views of the chef’s bar and open kitchen.

“At Paramour, we’ve created an inviting, energetic restaurant that our guests will want to visit again. This will be the perfect place for a special-occasion meal, but also a fun spot for a cocktail or a glass of wine and a quick bite. Paramour is all about a great experience,” says Michael Giampa, Director of Restaurant Development for S.W. Bajus Ltd., owner of the Wayne Hotel since 1985 which recently completed an extensive two-year renovation to the property, including an expansion of the original restaurant space.

The menu at Paramour will feature cuisine from Chef Maurice Kim deRamus, who most recently appeared (and then quickly disappeared, apparently) at La Petite Maison in Berwyn.

In the main dining room, a black granite chef’s bar accented with nickel “penny” tiles will showcase the day’s raw bar and crudo offerings and will seat up to eight guests. Dinner items will include:  Crudo Sampler; Salt Cured Lancaster Beef; Pork Cheeks, with creamy grits and onion jam; Shaved Root Vegetable Salad, made with heirloom beets, water melon radish, bell carrots, parsnips, fennel and açai-guava dressing; Charred Himachi Collar, with young green beans, crispy rice and chili vinaigrette; and Chestnut Ravioli, filled with shredded Lola duck, chanterelles and brown butter. The dining room menu also offers a “Primal Cuts” section featuring local beef, Berkshire pork and Colorado lamb with steakhouse inspired side dishes and “Fresh Catch” a whole-baked fish, encrusted in salt, that will be filleted table-side. Menu prices will range from $9 to $38.

An all-day menu will be available in the bistro bar, lobby lounge and on the veranda. Guests may choose from a variety of dishes including shareable and small plates, entree salads, burgers and sandwiches like Kobe Beef Sliders; a large selection of made-to-order flatbreads including Salumi and Ricotta Salata; Lancaster Bacon and Truffle English Pea Pesto; Roasted Eggplant and Half Dried Tomatoes; and a selection of “Bar Bites” including Crispy Chicken Oysters with creamy cilantro dipping sauce; Devils on Horseback, Medjool dates stuffed with Gorgonzola and Lancaster bacon; and Lola Duck Meatballs with Korean Hot and Sour sauce. Prices will range from $5 to $18.

The bistro bar’s drink list will focus on wines and craft beers from the United States, as well as a list of handcrafted cocktails that will include: Lemon Basil Mojito, 10 Cane rum, mint, basil, agave nectar and limonata; Salted Plum Martini, white rum infused with Japanese salted plums, Dom de Canton Ginger Liqueur, fresh lemon sour and vanilla cotton candy garnish; and Pineapple Pisco Fizz, Capel Reservado, limoncello, egg white, pineapple and black peppercorn.

Paramour at The Wayne Hotel
139 East Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA
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Lunch: Monday – Friday, from 11:30am to 3pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, from 5 to 10pm and Friday – Saturday until 11pm
An all-day dining menu will be available in the bistro bar, lobby lounge and on the veranda from 11:30 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week.
Sunday brunch will begin a few weeks after opening.

Above Image via Paramour’s Facebook Page

Wayne News – So Fun! Frozen Yogurt, Tredici move, and more

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A few weekend tidbits for you Wayniacs:

  • So Fun! Frozen Yogurt will be opening soon next to Five Guys in the shopping center formerly known as the ACME shopping center. There’s one So Fun! already in Nazereth, PA (which also happens to be next to a Five Guys) and their website claims more locations opening soon. (If I was opening a frozen yogurt shop, I would not do it in the Fall. But that’s just me.)
  • A restaurant called Paramour will fill The Wayne Hotel’s vacant space this fall. Details here.
  • Tredici Italian Market will be moving from Louella Court to 185 East Lancaster Ave., former home of the Women’s Exchange, in early September.
  • Jake’s Wayback Burgers will be moving into the old Strafford Radio Shack location soon as well. There are nearby locations of this mini-chain in Exton, Kennett Square and Springfield.

Mediterranean Grill Wayne?

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

A sign has popped up in the former Wayne Beef & Ale / Pop-Pops location (at the corner of Conestoga Rd. & West Wayne Ave.) stating that The Mediterranean Grill is coming soon. No word as to whether this is associated with any of the similarly-named places in the area.

Tired Hands BrewPub Coming to Ardmore

Monday, July 18th, 2011


Tired Hands Brewing Co., the latest project from Jean Broillet, a former brewer at Iron Hill West Chester, is currently under construction (with hope for an opening in 2011) at 16 Ardmore Ave. in Ardmore, just south of Ardmore Computer.

Broillet describes it in his own words:

“Tired Hands Brewing Company will operate on a six barrel brewhouse and will focus intensely on two very broad styles of beers that hold a special place in my heart: Belgian/French farmhouse ales and American hop-forward ales. We will be a “Brewcafé” (yes, I know a strange term, but one that best fits my vision), bake our own bread on site, and serve food (cheese, charcuterie, and other simple & satisfying foods) all sourced from within 100 miles of our brewery.”

Follow the progress at the Tired Hands website.

New Pennsylvania Beer Laws

Monday, July 18th, 2011

On 6/28/11, PA Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill No. 148 (a.k.a. Act 11 of 2011) into law, with a few notable pieces:

  • Happy Hour Definition: The law now allows Happy Hour (or similar discount periods) for up to 4 hours at a time, up from 1-2 hours. The weekly limit of 14 remains, but this gives establishments more flexibility to focus on peak hours.
  • Take-out Beer Sales: To-go beer can now be sold in open containers, assuming the municipality does not restrict open containers in public places (which apparently includes Tredyffrin?!)
  • Beer Brand Registration: This one is a bit less consumer-facing, but it is now cheaper and easier to register beer brands in the state (remember those embarrassing raids of Philly bars in 2010?), opening the door for more small “nano” breweries to sprout up across the state. More beer for us!

Here is some of the language from the actual bil:

Happy Hour Discounts. A new definition has been added to the Liquor Code, and the period of time that a licensee may hold a happy hour has been expanded. “Happy Hour” is now defined as the period of time during which a licensee discounts alcoholic beverages. Currently, a retail licensee is limited to one (1) two (2)-hour consecutive period per business day when it can discount one, some, or all of its alcohol. Effective on July 28, 2011, a retail licensee can hold happy hours up to four (4) hours per day and up to fourteen (14) hours per week. Thus, while the maximum period remains fourteen (14) hours per week, licensees will be able to adjust the length of their daily happy hours to take advantage of slow/busy days, as long as the maximum limits are not exceeded. The hours need not be consecutive, but the prohibition against giving discounts between midnight and closing remains intact, as well as the other discounting provisions in section 13.102 of the Board¡¦s Regulations, including the daily drink special. A notice of all happy hours must now be posted on the licensed premises seven (7) days prior to each happy hour.

Beer Sales by Retail Licensees. Effective immediately, hotel, restaurant, or public service (railroad/pullman/steamship company) liquor licensees and malt beverage eating place licensees may now sell beer-to-go in either open or closed containers, as long as the municipality in which they are located does not have an ordinance restricting open containers in public places. The maximum limit of one hundred ninety-two (192) fluid ounces in a single sale to one person remains, as does the prohibition regarding clubs selling beer-to-go.

[Beer Brands] Effective immediately, if a beer manufacturer fails to register a brand in Pennsylvania before importing it into Pennsylvania, the beer will no longer be confiscated but will be left on the licensed premises until the manufacturer registers the brand or the licensee holding the illegal beer can return it to the manufacturer and be fully reimbursed. Effective on August 27, 2011, additional changes will occur to brand registration. It will be made clear that the annual filing fee for registration of a brand is seventy-five dollars ($75.00). However, up to twenty (20) different brands may be registered for a single annual fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) if the manufacturer produces one hundred (100) barrels or less of each brand per year. Beer that is not ready for sale will be registered at the time it is offered for sale. A new law effective on August 27, 2011 will require the Board to hire a malt beverage compliance officer whose duties include reviewing label registrations and investigating reports of unregistered brands. If the compliance officer determines that a licensee is selling unregistered beer, he/she is required to give the manufacturer notice that is has ten (10) days to register the beer with the Board. During that ten (10) day period, the unregistered beer will remain on the licensee’s premises, unsold. If the manufacturer fails to register the beer during the period, it will be required to remove the unregistered beer from the licensee¡¦s premises and reimburse the licensee for those unsalable products.

Another new law effective on August 27, 2011 will require the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, upon becoming aware of a potential violation of the beer registration laws, to give written notice to each licensee who might be in violation. If the beer is registered within ten (10) days of receipt of this notice, no further action will be taken against the licensee. If the beer is not registered within the ten (10) days, the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will proceed with the citation process.

Hat Tip to The Beer Yard for most of this info.

East Goshen Farmers Market Starts June 30

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Starting June 30th, the East Goshen Farmers Market will take place every Thursday from 3-7pm in the Veteran’s Pavilion. The market will feature:

  • Locally grown produce
  • Antibiotic and hormone-free meats & poultry
  • Free-range eggs
  • Local cheeses
  • Baked goods and artisinal breads
  • Local honey and maple syrup
  • Coffee & lemonade
  • Hand-crafted soups
  • … and more.

In addition, each week will feature a “ready to eat” vendor (Jimmy’s BBQ on 6/30) serving food to eat in the park, alongside kids activities and local music.

Sang Kee Noodle Bowl Coming to Newtown Square

Monday, June 27th, 2011

This August, Win Restaurant Group’s recently closed Parker’s Prime will give way to Sang Kee Noodle Bowl at 4755 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square / Edgemont (formerly Roux 3). Though SKNB will be owned and operated by Win and Sutida Somboonsong, Michael Chow, who opened the first Sang Kee in 1980, will consult on menu development and training of the staff, and all dishes will be carefully prepared to Chow’s strict standards.

Though the name is slightly different (bowl, not house), the Peking Duck that made Sang Kee famous is on the menu. (HT

Sang Kee Noodle Bowl
4755 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA
Tel. 610.353.5353

Monday – Thursday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 am – 9:00 pm

Kebob Factory, Garrett Hill

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The space that most recently held Brothers Spano in Garrett Hill (as well as the old Brick Bar) is now The Kebob Factory, a Persian / Indian restaurant from the owners of Khajuraho in Ardmore.

The menu features a wide variety of Kebobs (Kababs?) as well as some Indian curry dishes. There is also a full bar.

The Kebob Factory
157 Garrett Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 519 – 0500

Aperto Opening June 4 in Narberth

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

As reported in April, Clark Gilbert and Gemelli have packed up in Narberth, looking towards a summer opening in Manayunk. In the meantime, former Sola boss John Wolferth has been preparing Aperto, which will open on June 4th in the same space. The moderately-priced menu features items such as Seared Salmon with Ginger-Carrot Miso, Fingerling Potato & Wilted Greens ($22) and Braised Veal Cheeks with Mushroom Ragu, Cauliflower Puree &  Ricotta Gnocci ($24)

In  addition, Aperto’s website promises to soon offer wine pairing suggestions based on current PLCB Chairman’s Selections and other commonly available shelf wines. (What a great idea — almost makes up for the awful flash-based design!)

232 Woodbine Ave
Narberth, PA