Tokio Global | Ryo and Nicole Igarashi are relocating their 2-year-old Japanese street-food shop Maru Global Takoyaki from 10th and Spruce to Headhouse Square. The ball-griddlin' couple has teamed up with Madame Saito to move their operation into what was her sushi bar, Tokio; fresh fish is still available, but it'll now be buddied up with Maru's many-splendored griddled-batter-sphere selections and a new yakitori menu. (Since the space is attached to Saito's adjacent HeadHouse, they'll be able to serve beer, too.) Opening tomorrow (Feb. 3), the new-look Maru will serve dinner nightly, with lunch Friday to Sunday and legit late-night service (3:30 a.m.) Fridays and Saturdays. More on Meal Ticket. 124-126 Lombard St., 215-922-2515, maruphilly.com.
Marrakesh Express | Brahim Ighladen sold his West Philly restaurant last spring, but he's already back in biz with a food truck of the same name. Specializing in shawarma (chicken, beef/lamb, baked fish) and various sides (hummus, baba ganoush, grape leaves), Marrakesh serves Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of 40th and Locust. More on Meal Ticket. halalmarrakesh.com.
Green Olives | The far end of East Passyunk has some new North African blood, too — Green Olives, taking over for Mondial Café, offers shawarma, tagine, kebabs and some decidedly non-Moroccan dishes (Cajun fries!) in a BYO setting. They're looking into adding hookahs, too. The café's open daily, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More on Meal Ticket. 1941 E. Passyunk Ave.
Ben McNamara, who made a name for himself in the first wave of Philly gastropubbing (most notably at New Wave Café), is the new chef at Old City's Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant, aka PBR (120 Market St.). More on Meal Ticket.
Nomad Pizza (611 S. Seventh St.) opens next Friday, Feb. 10. More on Meal Ticket.