Rumor Roundup: Burke is Back, Woolsey Brasserie

January 15, 2014
by Danya Henninger

When they ran James in Bella Vista (where The Mildred is now), Jim and Kristina Burke developed a zealous fan base in Philadelphia, all of whom were nearly devastated when the couple decamped to NYC to open Caffe Storico (a Stephen Starr establishment in the New-York Historical Society). Now the Burkes are back, according to The Insider, who cites a photo Kristina posted online of their new house in Philadelphia. No details yet on what the restaurateurs have planned for us, but be ready for something good.

Back in autumn 2013, Bistrot La Minette chef-owner Peter Woolsey began dropping hints that he would be launching a second restaurant, but nothing has been made public. Last week, Victor Fiorillo published a post at Foobooz declaring that, although no one would speak on the record, Woolsey’s new gig is in the planned restaurant space for the revamped FringeArts venue on Columbus Boulevard. Is a brasserie on the Delaware waterfront in our near future? We can hope.

One project that is on the record but is still pending neighborhood approval is a new South Philly BYO built around barbacoa - the slow-roasting of whole animals over an open fire. Passyunk Post first brought news of the proposed project, which may go into part of a huge Isaiah Zagar-decorated warehouse at 10th and Morris in South Philly. Kanella alum Benjamin Miller and wife Cristina Martinez are behind the idea - they’ve been doing a lot of catering and have even set up a Facebook page for the prospective restaurant. They’ll present the idea at a January 22 community meeting.

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