Michael Klein has word that Bar Amalfi is reinventing itself as a “Middle Eastern lounge concept,” which marks the third switch in theme in less than a year for the location at 122 S 18th St. Al Paris has been the owner of all three restaurants at the address, starting with Mantra (2006-2009), but can’t seem to settle on a golden formula. Apparently, menu and name are not set, but the temporary closing to put in the final touches may already be underway, which a Chowhounder has already picked up on. Setting aside questions of name and food, we’ve got to wonder — is hopping from Asian to Italian to Middle Eastern really the recipe for restaurant success?
Bar Amalfi changing it up [Inquirer]
[Photo: 122 S 18th, when it was Mantra via Frank Roche/Flickr]