People aren’t surprised anymore when well-known chefs let on they’re planning new launches in Philadelphia. We’ll see more of our Iron Chef when Volver opens in the Kimmel Center - Jose Garces plans to be in the upscale show kitchen several nights each month. A couple of blocks away, Justin Bogle will be turning out his own tasting menus at Avance, the progressive American taking over for Le Bec Fin.
Marc Vetri already has plenty of fine dining under his jiu jitsu belt; this fall, he’s going casual instead with Pizzeria Vetri, set to launch in two weeks on Callowhill by The Barnes. Eli Kulp will branch out with High Street on Market, turning the space next to Fork into a showcase for his inventive menus, and Nicholas Elmi, who stars in the upcoming season of Top Chef, has pegged November for Laurel, his East Passyunk BYO.