Little Nonna’s | If you’ve been holding your breath for Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney’s Italian-American venture, take heart! You can expect to rediscover the joys of oxygen shortly after Labor Day, according to current projections. In a space that once housed the confusing third incarnation of the ill-starred Fish, the ladies that remade 13th Street have been busy cultivating something decidedly straightforward: the Sunday-gravy-at-grandma’s vibe. Menu teases include stuffed shells with lamb’s-neck ragu and veal marsala dressed up with maitake mushrooms. Pastry chef Sara May will offer reimagined versions of classics like cannoli and spumoni. 1234 Locust St., littlenonnas.com.
Boot and Saddle | Having recently revived the Dolphin Tavern, the team including Avram Hornik and R5 Productions’ Sean Agnew sets its sights on another classic South Broad location: the club with the big neon boot out front that’s been dark for 18 years. The resuscitated space is set to make its debut Sept. 9, with a show headlined by The Both (better known as Aimee Mann and Ted Leo). The bar and kitchen will be open seven nights a week. 1131 S. Broad St., bootandsaddlephilly.com.
Pat Szoke, the Vetri alum who made a name for himself in a big way at Pennsport’s The Industry, has rejoined his old family as the new exec at Alla Spina. (Read more on Meal Ticket.)
The kitchen at Fairmount’s Lemon Hill is now under chef Adam Zensinger’s command, most recently chef de cuisine at Amada.
And the Old City location of Han Dynasty is headed to nearby 123 Chestnut (the gigantic space that was formerly home to Reserve, and right under CP’s offices), after hanging a sign calling their current space “a huge piece of crap.” If renovations stay on schedule, the move should happen within weeks. (Read more on Meal Ticket.)
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