Pescatore Now Open in Bala

Pescatore BYOB, the latest project from Thomas Anastasi of the Italian Market’s Anastasi Seafood, is now open (since August – apparently we’re a little slow around here) in Bala, in the former Avril space.

Pescatore focuses on Italian Cuisine “with a rustic, Mediterranean flair.” The menu features (unsurprisingly) an ever-changing array of seafood based on what is freshly caught, as well as a nice variety of homemade pastas and (surprisingly, for a place unironically named Pescatore – which means fisherman in Italian) a wide variety of non-fish dishes that are mostly standard Italian fare made from chicken or veal.

For more, check out their website or Facebook page. Have you been? Leave a comment below.

Pescatore
134 Bala Ave.
Bala Cynwyd, PA
610.660.9400
http://pescatorebyob.com

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5:00pm to 10:00pm., Sunday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Mixx Restaurant in Villanova Gets New Concept

Villanova’s Mixx, part of the WIN Signature Restaurant group and located in the downstairs portion of everyone’s favorite recent restaurant disaster Maia, is getting a new concept (“global small plates”), chef (Aniwat “Chay” Vadhanacha) and menu (menu available here).

For more details, check out The Latest Dish (WIN’s PR firm), Main Line Today or Philly.com.

New PLCB Store Coming to Paoli

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Landor Associates image of new PLCB store in South Philly

As part of his campaign, new PA governor Tom Corbett promised to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania, but we’ve seen little action on this issue so far. It appears, however that this is about to change.  Last week, the movement gained a key ally when Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) announced his support for the bill (House Bill 11) originally proposed by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, which proposes to close 625 state liquor stores and sell 1200 licenses to the highest bidder. In addition, according to the PA Independent, Corbett has just recently received a report from a Philly-based business research firm detailing the potential revenue gains from selling off the state stores (this report has yet to be made public). Lastly, the Pennsylvania think tank Commonwealth Foundation has recently launched http://freemydrink.com/ to bring more exposure to the issue.

The debate is far from over, of course. Over the summer, Senate President Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, spoke out against the bill, showing support instead for removing “handcuffs” to allow PLCB to operate more like a private business. Other state senators, including John Blake, D-Lackawanna, also remain skeptical.

So, from that standpoint, I must say that I’m quite looking forward to checking out the swank (for PLCB standards, at least) new Paoli digs, which are planned for the ACME shopping center, in the space where Blockbuster used to be. The store, which will dwarf the current cubicle that hides behind BK, will feature more than 3000 additional products. It will also have a 8-seat bar for tastings, a plethora of Chairman’s Selections (including high-end choices), a temperature-controlled room, and even a wine chiller that’ll cool any shelved bottle of wine in less than 15 minutes. And – gasp – it’ll be open on Sundays!

When will this store open? Well, that’s just the thing. Apparently it was planned for July, but is held up in Harrisburg. Shocking.

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

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.