Earlier today, the Passyunk Post postulated that the former Bell’s Delly at 4th and Cross Streets in Pennsport could become a “farm-to-table” restaurant. Capitalizing on that tip, we’ve learned that the former owner of E’s Coffee, Andrew Michaels is bringing his vision of an American-style bistro to life.
Michaels, who is also the general contractor, is in the midst of demolition within the building. Michaels isn’t doing itself and gives a shout out to his sub-contractors, Joseph Giannone for the plumbing and Generation 3 Electric for all things, well electric.
The expected opening for the new restaurant Fourth and Cross is March 2015, but Michaels, eager and excited for his new project, dished on what we can expect when doors open next spring. “A very, very relaxed bistro” to put it in perspective, “imagine if Morning Glory Diner and Parc got together and had a baby. That would be Fourth and Cross,” explains Michaels. The bistro will utilize local ingredients, thus there will be a seasonal menu changing every three months. Pickles, jellies, charcuterie will all be made in house and Michaels hopes to hire a full time baker. The restaurant will operate on the straightforward principle that simple, honest food makes for the best culinary experience.
There will be table service and a counter so guests can watch as the cooks prepare their dishes. Michaels’ inspiration for the interactive counter experience comes from Cheu Noodle Bar, “It’s a lot of fun to watch how the food is made. You’re in the process and people are becoming very interested in where and how their food is prepared.”
The bistro will be open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. If this sparked your appetite and you’re in the area, the Fourth and Cross team will be hosting a cocktail party (more details to come) for curious neighbors interested in talking with the architect or Michaels or just want to peek inside.
If you have any questions about what’s to come you can email owner, Andrew Michaels at email@example.com.
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