Cook and Solomonov Announce Two New RestaurantsBy Danya Henninger | October 16, 2013 By Danya Henninger | October 16, 2013
Big news: Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov are opening two entirely new, extremely unique restaurants at 1605-27 Sansom Street. Called Dizengoff and Abe Fisher, they’ll be adjacent to each other and just across from the duo’s Center City Federal Donuts shop. An early 2014 launch is targeted for both.
The spaces, which are in the ground floor of a new, under-construction apartment building, were originally slated to house an outpost of DC steakhouse Medium Rare, but in June we reported rumors that the deal had fallen through. We’ll gladly swap out-of-town steak frites for more from these hometown stars, who already have winners in Zahav and Percy Street Barbecue in addition to cult-fave FedNuts (currently at three locations with two more on the way).
Dizengoff is named after Tel Aviv’s famous boulevard and is billed as a casual hummusiya, “similar to the ones you find everywhere in Israel,” according to Solomonov. As might be guessed, hummus will be the main menu item, served in many varieties alongside house-baked pita, pickles and other condiments. A small beer list will complement the eats in the 25-seat space, which will be open for lunch, early dinner and takeout. Anyone who’s fallen for the out-of-this-world hummus at Zahav has reason to look forward to this opening.
Next door at Abe Fisher, a menu of small plates will feature Jewish foods from the diaspora - i.e. places other than Israel - such as France, Hungary, Italy, Montreal and even New York. (Does that mean pastrami and lox and bagels? We’ll have to wait and see.) A full bar and 50 seats will fill the room, which will be open for dinner seven days a week.