|Mussels at Blackbird Dining Establishment|
Alex Capasso has been serving Franco-Italian cuisine to Collingswood for over six years, but despite a loyal fan base and positive reviews, this weekend will be the last for the NJ incarnation of Blackbird Dining Establishment. “I think Blackbird would be best suited in a more urban setting,” says the chef in a statement on the restaurant website outlining plans to find a location in Philadelphia proper.
The Collingswood spot is open through this Sunday, July 14, serving a special $35 four-course prix-fixe menu. After that, Capasso isn’t abandoning the space - in place of both Blackbird and sister establishment West Side Gravy, the chef is planning to open “fun-friendly” concept Benny’s Burger Joint at the end of July.
Across the Schuylkill, one of the city’s best Thai restaurants is moving up the block. Thai Singha House is closed “for the summer,” per a note on the restaurant website, with plans to reopen in a new location at 3900 Chestnut Street in September. If you’re craving curry and Thai basil while you wait for the new spot, hit up Thai Singha House To Go, the quick-serve outpost of the operation on 20th Street in Rittenhouse.
Thanks to The Insider for the tip-off to both moves.