One of the biggest names in dining down the shore is making his first move into Philly: Luke Palladino will be setting up shop with a new Italian steakhouse at 1934 East Passyunk, which is the old site of Colombo's, which was destroyed in a fire in 2012.
Michael Klein, who broke the news, reports that plans include about 80 seats inside, 40 outside, and a heap of work to be done to the fire-damaged building: so far, the opening outlook is "late fall." The building is owned by Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (P.A.R.C.), which also owns WIll BYOB, Fond's current location, and Noord. Palladino will have an apartment right upstairs.
Zagat Philly has more details on the vision, promising "a Rittenhouse vibe, but also menu items that are accessible to South Philly residents, including steaks at several price points."
· Luke Palladino Signs Major Restaurant Deal on E. Passyunk [Philly.com]
· Palladino's Coming to East Passyunk [Zagat]
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