Sbraga Opening Third Restaurant, Lunch at Le Cheri, Morimoto in Philly
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• Not many details have been fleshed out yet because “it all came together just recently,” Kevin Sbraga tells us, but we’re already excited for his third restaurant. As reported by The Insider, it will be coming to the corner of Broad and South in the ground floor Carl Dranoff’s SouthStar Lofts. A focus on rotisserie cooking is all we know about the menu so far, which does set it apart from Sbraga, located just two blocks away at Broad and Pine. Look for more info in a couple of weeks.
• Starting next week, Le Cheri is opening for Wednesday-Friday lunch. The Rittenhouse bistro from Pierre and Charlotte Calmels of Bibou has been packing its dining room nightly, so if you want in, midday is a good time to give it a try. E-mail for lunchtime reservations.
• Another spot you’ll want to make rezzies at is Petruce et al., which we suggested could be the hot spot that fires up the dining scene on Walnut this side of Broad. Adam Erace is the first critic to check in, and in the Philadelphia City Paper he raves about the dishes that come from the Petruce brothers’ wood-fired ovens. Sweet potatoes that make you speechless? We’re in.
• On Sunday, May 4, chef Masaharu Morimoto will be in Philadelphia doing a fish butchering demo at his eponymous Stephen Starr restaurant on Chestnut. Reservations are available for two seatings (5:30 PM and 7:30 PM), and you’ll get to watch the sushi master break down whole fish and be treated to some complimentary treats as you dine à la carte (215-413-9070).
• Ever dined at the James Beard House in NYC? If you’re a fan of Nick Macri and the lamb magic he’s been working for Border Springs Farm lately, make plans for a trip up on Wednesday, May 28. He’ll join chef Dylan Fultineer of Richmond’s Rappahannock for a five-course "lambs ‘n’ clams feast," available with wine pairings for $170 (tickets here).