» From Creole to Español: Those who’ve been gone all summer might be surprised by the change that’s taken place next to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Drama-hound Carmine’s took its last gasp in mid-July, and has since been reborn as Verdad, a “Euro-Latin” tapas bar that’s also long on wine, tequila and beer. Carmine’s owner Howard Taylor is still in the picture, but the new chef is Nick Farina, who also owns nearby Blush. Both a managing partner and executive chef Farina is experienced in tapas, having adapted Blush’s menu to offer several small plates in early 2009. In case you’re wondering, Verdad means “truth” in Spanish.
» New gig for Guillermo: Señor Tellez, whose résumé includes Chester County’s Northbrook MarketPlace (most notable for its lovely farmhouse table dinners), has been tapped for Square 1682 restaurant at Center City’s new Hotel Palomar (17th and Sansom streets), which is set to open next month. Tellez definitely has the credentials for what’s sure to be a high-profile job. His background also includes stints at Striped Bass and several restaurants owned by Charlie Trotter.