Posts for November 13, 2012

Bozo the Clown Restaurant Concept Sounds Like a Mess Hall of Nightmares

Nothing creepy about this.Photo: MichaelTutton/Flickr

Restaurant News reports that a Bozo the Clown-themed restaurant and entertainment complex is now under development from Dave Corriveau, the president (and "Dave") behind the Dave & Buster's chain. Yes, that very same Bozo the Clown that you and everyone else hasn't thought about in over a decade. Family-friendly BozoWorld will serve as a circus-themed venue for kids to hold their birthday parties, play games, and generally go bonkers, with plans to "revolutionize indoor family entertainment." Sounds like a good idea, except for one thing: An all-clown restaurant sounds like it will be a pure terror factory for today's kids.

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Now Open: Bottle Bar East, Filling Growlers and Moving Bottles on Frankford Ave.

Customers in awe of Bottle Bar East's deep selection of beers.

Bottle Bar East, the long-awaited bar and beer-to-go joint on Frankford Ave., opened to the public Friday. The self-appointed “community of beer enthusiasts and imbibers” offers a deep, deep stock of bottled and canned craft beers (they claim the largest in the area) from all over the world, as well as a six-tap draught system for on-site drinking, and growler fill-ups. Upstairs on the new spot’s mezzanine (we’re pretty sure this is the first time this word has been employed in Fishtown) there’s also darts and a Foosball table. Keep an ear out for in-store beer events, and brewery field trips to come. [Bottle Bar East/Facebook]

Bottle Bar East,, 1308 Frankford Ave., (267) 909-8867

Bourdain’s CNN Show to Be Called ‘Parts Unknown,’ Gets Its First Promo

The first promo vid for Anthony Bourdain's new CNN show is out, and it looks a lot like No Reservations. The show, called Parts Unknown, is all set to debut this spring, and from the look of things, there isn't a single Cadillac in sight. And a quick programming note: Bourdain will be on Piers Morgan's show tonight to talk about the project. Watch the teaser, straight ahead.

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Brewery Ommegang’s New Brew Debuts at Stateside

Duvel RusticaPhoto: Brewery Ommegang

Looks like Stateside will get first dibs on Brewery Ommegang’s latest creation, Duvel Rustica. Tomorrow the beer-maker is sending its brew master, Phil Lambert, to the East Passyunk Ave. hot-spot, where the reigning champion of its HopChef competitions, George Sabatino, holds court. Together the two will host a celebration for the new brew’s coming out. The restaurant will start popping corks, and pouring the Belgian-style golden ale at 6 p.m. It was brewed in collaboration with Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat Brewery, and mimics the benchmark beer’s delicate balance of flavors, but adds a bit of rustic fruitiness found in most Ommegang’s ales. For its release, Sabatino will offer a selection of special dishes he created to pair with it. Beers and food will be pay-as-you-go.

NoBL Closes For a Do-Over


It’s a drag when a restaurant, it’s concept and menus fail to make a connection with diners and critics. But there’s something to be said for an owner who can recognize that things aren’t working, and change course to avert an impending train wreck. That appears to be the case at Lansdowne’s NoBL, the offshoot of owner Steve Wagner and chef Sam Jacobson’s neighboring Sycamore. Both Foobooz and Insider are reporting that in the wake of a lukewarm reception, and a dismal, one-bell review from the Inky’s Craig LaBan, the restaurant closed. The good news is, Wagner and Jacobson expect to reopen after a careful review and overhaul of operations. There’s no word on when it will reopen, but here’s hoping it’s soon. [Foobooz; Insider]

Ralic’s on South Appoints John Anninos as Its Chef

John Anninos

Ralic’s on South, the forthcoming seafooder from dirty Jerz restaurateur David Ralic has still yet to surface, but with a chef now attached to the project, an opening is imminent. A rep for Ralic tells Grub that John Anninos was recently named chef. The self-described “fishing fanatic” spent two years working on a commercial fishing boat, following stints in kitchens at Le Bec-Fin (under Bibou’s Pierre Calmels) and Striped Bass. Before trading the pots and pans for rods and reels, Anninos ran his own restaurant Morning Catch in Audubon, N.J. from 2003 to 2008. At Ralic’s on South he will serve what he describes as a “Shore-style” menu, meaning grilled, broiled and fried dishes made with fish reeled in from local waters. An opening is expected to come in December.

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