Knight’s Bistro is doing something different--and that’s a very good thing.
Named for the famed local family that also lent its name to nearby Knight Park, the new Italian eatery on the bustling corner of Haddon and Collings aims to combat the Collingswood swank with something über-casual.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“I love the Collingswood restaurant scene," says Nick Abbate. "That’s a big part of the reason I wanted to open here.”
Abbate, who co-owns Knight’s Bistro with his brother, Joe, noticed an absence of laid-back, family-style restaurants along Haddon Avenue, and saw an opportunity.
This isn’t the brothers' first foray into the restaurant business. Their father opened the popular People’s Pizza in Cherry Hill, and it’s easy to see the influence in their vision for Knight’s Bistro.
In the spirit of local pizza parlors, Knight’s Bistro will serve simple Italian fare–pizza, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and salads--at $9-10 price points. Much of the food will be pre-made and displayed at the front of the restaurant for picky eaters (i.e., children) to see exactly what they want.
Don’t come empty-handed: like other Collingswood restaurants, Knight’s Bistro will be a BYOB. Unlike (most) other Collingswood restaurants, however, it has its own 18-car parking lot, as well as a separate takeout counter and planned outdoor seating.
The key theme Nick returns to is casual--as in simple, as in family; but most of all, as in comfortable. Knight’s Bistro should be open in time for May Fair. Why don’t you stop in and see their vision for yourself?
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