Last week’s report that Jose Garces had signed a lease to the original Bookbinders space at 2nd and Walnut created more questions than it answered. Today we have an official statement from the restaurant group that at least sets the context.
“As a Philadelphia based restaurant group, we are excited to re-introduce the historic Bookbinder’s space to the Philadelphia food scene. We are using this storied space as a commissary kitchen, the helm of our catering division, and working on creating a unique special events venue, including an oyster saloon that will operate on a limited basis. Our goal is to stay true to all of the great things Bookbinder’s means to Philadelphia while still bringing the unique culinary vision and the personal hospitality experience of Chef Jose Garces and his Garces Group. We anticipate this project to open sometime in late Spring 2014.
For now, our efforts are focused on creating new Philadelphia institutions, Rosa Blanca and Volver."
Garces Restaurant Group [Official Site]