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The Palm Is Finally Reopening at the Bellevue

The restaurant got a major facelift

The Palm at the Bellevue, temporarily closed since February 2016 after a 27-year run, is about to reopen following an extensive renovation. The classic Philly restaurant sent word out today that it’s slated to start serving up steaks and its signature summer lobster special in mid-July, though a specific reopening date hasn’t been given yet.

The Palm’s parent company has been in the process of renovating several of its restaurants, including the one in Las Vegas, where 50 celebrity caricatures adorn the walls. In the Philly location — on the ground floor of the Bellevue on Broad Street — the caricatures captured hundreds of prominent local figures (both real and...Rocky), who were invited to come pick up their faces when the restaurant was closed. The renovation plan included recreating and remounting the caricatures after the top-to-bottom renovation, which saw the ceiling being raised and the floor completely rebuilt.

When the closing was announced, the restaurant group said its goal was to bring The Palm up to date, with a more modern look and layout. The bar, which had been moved to a spot outside the dining area, was returned to its original location inside the dining area. Paul Sandler, who’s been with the restaurant group since 2005, is on board as the new general manager in Philly.