The last time we heard anything from Citron & Rose–the kosher restaurant opened in Merion by David Magerman, Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook–it was that Cook, Solo and their chef, Yehuda Sichel were leaving. It was a weird moment and no one really seemed to know what to make of the sudden rupturing of the partnership that had brought to the Main Line one of the most interesting restaurants it’d seen in years.
But now there’s new news from C&R, and it’s pretty big.
For starters, they’ve announced that there’s a new chef in the kitchen. Karen Nicolas is taking over the exec’s spot at Citron & Rose and the Philadelphia native is returning home after a killer run. Most recently, she was chef at Equinox in Washington DC (where she was named one of Food & Wine‘s Best New Chefs in 2012), but she’s also done time at Hawthorne in San Francisco, Rockpool in Sydney, Australia, Aureole in Las Vegas and as executive sous at Tom Colicchio’s Gramercy Tavern in New York. So, yeah. She’s serious business. The fact that it doesn’t look like she’s ever cooked kosher before? We’re not going to worry about that. At least not yet.
But new blood in the kitchen isn’t the only announcement Citron & Rose is making today. They’re also adding on a lunch service, Sunday through Thursday, starting May 27. They’ll have a new menu, designed by Nicolas. And with the warm weather, they’ll be opening the Citron & Rose sidewalk cafe for lunch service as well.
Oh, wait. We’re not done yet. The Citron & Rose team is also launching a catering wing, called Vintage Catering, which will provide service for everything from intimate dinner parties to full-on kosher weddings. That should get rolling properly this summer.
One more thing: It looks like Magerman and his team are also looking at expanding with a second restaurant, too. All we know at the moment is that it will be called The Dairy and is looking at a 2014 opening. But you can be sure that we’ll get you more details as soon as we can.
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