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Restaurant Reopening on Main Street

Manayunk's newest restaurant, Bisou, formerly Gemelli, reopens Wednesday.

Going by food alone, French bistro Bisou won't be wildly different from its former iteration as Gemelli, according to restaurant's general manager, David Howard.

"Anyone who has had [chef] Clark Gilbert's food before isn't going to be shocked," he said. "It isn't a complete departure from the Italitan-French cuisine of Gemelli, but we really wanted to refocus as a French bistro."

The real change for Bisou is its new dining area. The restaurant has been split into two floors, with the downstairs functioning as an expanded bar with high-top seating for casual drinks and the restaurant's upstairs serving as the main dining area.

"To be successful in Manayunk, you have to have a good bar atmosphere," he said. "To that end, we've expanded the bar area downstairs … and moved the dining area upstairs to offer a little more privacy and intimacy."

Howard says that the changes to restaurant, which include some new interior design, give the restaurant a more welcoming feel.
"It's just seems warmer in here now," he said.

The restaurant is celebrating is re-opening with a cocktail hour Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m.

RSVP with David Howard at 215-487-1230.

The restaurant will be open for evening drinks and dinner from Tuesday through Sunday.

Kevin February 07, 2013 at 12:48 AM
they best have a bangin' croque monsieur and some hella-tight frisée avec lardons or I'm calling shenanigans on this whole "french bistro" concept Zut alors!!!!

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