By Jessica Green | February 23, 2015 | Food & Drink
Established chefs around the city are expanding their horizons and creating Philly's new favorite restaurants.
Meltkraft’s Melter Skelter, with a raclettestyle raw Jersey cow-milk cheese, green tomatoes, and barbecue chips.
Brick and Mortar
What do you get when you bring together an executive chef, bartender, and managing partner from top spots around Philly? A new concept called Brick and Mortar. Brian Ricci, formerly of Kennett, Christina Rando of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., and Franklin founder Michael Welsh have opened a new restaurant and lounge on the ground floor of the Goldtex building. Expect a cozy neighborhood feel, an extensive bar program, and a menu full of small plates and rotisserie items. 315 N. 12th St., 215-621-6024
Bud & Marilyn’s
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have single-handedly created a restaurant culture on South 13th Street, and now they are adding a fifth eatery to their diverse repertoire. The place is inspired and named after Turney’s grandparents, who owned a restaurant in the 1950s. The spot will serve classic American cuisine. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2220
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
The esteemed chef and TV personality is taking his talents to Atlantic City with the opening of his new pub and grill in Caesars. Traditional British pub fare fills the menus, offering guests a chance to sample bangers and mash, fish and chips, and London broil. The restaurant also has a selection of craft beers and microbrews from around the world. 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-4411
Gran Caffé L’Aquila
The new Italian café gives Chestnut Street a worldly air. The restaurant is modeled after a landmark café in the center of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan that was destroyed during an earthquake. Constructed entirely in Italy and shipped here, the first floor is a bar by night and cappuccino and gelato spot by day. Upstairs, a full menu featuring dishes from all of Italy’s 20 regions accompanies a wine bar and Italian “culture school” with wine tastings and language classes. 1716 Chestnut St., 215-568-5600
La Colombe is a staple in the Philly caffeine scene, so we can’t complain about its expansions from the original Rittenhouse Square location to Dilworth Plaza and Fishtown. Its latest addition? A spot inside Independence Mall. At only 1,700 square feet, it is one of La Colombe’s smaller ventures, but fans can still expect to find all their favorite coffee roasts and tartines. 100 S. Independence Mall, 215-977-7770
Originally built in the 1700s, this once-beloved restaurant is finally back and running a brand-new kitchen under chef Ezra Duker. Get excited for new offerings like a selection of relishes—think pastrami eggs and kimchi—as a first course and homey entrées like cottage pie with grilled rib eye. The new spot retains its rustic charm despite updated elements, including eco-friendly practices and modern finishes. 17 Mainland Road, Harleysville, 484-704-2600
A trip to Reading Terminal Market isn’t complete without a stop at this grilled cheese shop. Now, you can avoid the weekend crowds at the market and get your cheese fix at Meltkraft’s new Center City flagship. Expect a similar menu of artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh pulled mozzarella, and a variety of farmstead cheeses and tasting platters from Valley Shepherd. 46 S. 17th St., 267-639-3309
Pizzeria Vetri, in Fairmount, is known for its Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a custom-built oven; now, Rittenhouse Square will also be home to its famous rotolos and crudo pizzas. “The pizzeria has been so well received in Fairmount and has proven itself a great neighborhood spot to stop by,” says owner Jeff Benjamin. “A walking area like Rittenhouse Square makes perfect sense [for] that kind of foot traffic.” 1615 Chancellor St., 215-600-2629
photography by valley shepherd llc (meltKraft); delphine evenchiK ( evenchiK)