Dino’s Backstage Brings Glitz and Glamour to Glenside
Photo by Steve Legato
Striding gracefully across plush zebra-striped carpeting, tuxedo-clad waiters balance serving trays filled with champagne, martini glasses and snifters. On a nearby stage, the suave bandleader snaps his fingers as his trio launches into “Fly Me to the Moon.” This isn’t a flashback to the Copacabana or the Latin Casino—it’s here and now at Dino’s Backstage, the stunningly glamorous restaurant, bar and cabaret located next door to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
The six-month-old hot spot’s namesake is Dino J. Kelly-Cataldi, who came to initial prominence 20 years ago in Philadelphia with the Franco-centric Napoleon Café.Café. Today, his collaborator is his husband, Michael Richard Kelly-Cataldi, a notable antiques purveyor and a polished singer in his own right, who serves as entertainment director at Dino’s. The dapper duo play consummate hosts to a spectrum of patrons, ranging from members of the Greatest Generation to gussied-up 20-somethings. Everyone is happily reveling in this authentic throwback to celebration and civility.