New Projects From Big Names
Jose Garces originally had aimed for autumn 2013 for new showkitchen Volver, but construction delays at the Kimmel Center - and a detour to revamp Rosa Blanca - have pushed the opening to 2014. Also on the Iron Chef’s slate are an outpost of Distrito in Moorestown and something in Old City at the Old Original Bookbinders location.
Marc Vetri is following up this year’s two launches (Pizzeria Vetri and Osteria Moorestown) with Lo Spiedo (the name translates to "the spit," as in rotisserie; the project was formerly known as The Brig). The restaurant will be a 150-seat lunch and dinner restaurant with a full bar in the Navy Yard. Look for it in late spring.
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook are planning a pair of places just up the street from Federal Donuts in Center City. Dizengoff will be a casual hummusiya with a small beer list and lots of take-out options, while Abe Fisher will feature a full bar and small-plate menu built on foods from the Jewish diaspora. An early 2014 launch has been targeted, and this year will also bring two new FedNuts outposts, in University City and West Poplar.
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran scored a liquor license for their first restaurant, modern Mexican Lolita, and are in the process of redoing the interior with a full bar. The pair has yet to announce their plans for the former Fish space, just around the corner from newly opened Little Nonna’s.