He helped to open NoBL, and then helped close it. He did four years at sister restaurant Sycamore, and then left to travel, learn some new tricks, and find a new kitchen to call home. He landed next at Southwark (after working a bit in the Pacific Northwest, and at Cerise on the Main Line), where he took Nick Macri‘s position, but then left again after owner Sheri Wade decided she wanted to get back into the kitchen a bit more herself.
Now, it looks as though Jacobson has settled down again. He’s going to be behind the stoves at Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown, running things in the kitchen while chef-owner Jose Vargas (who also owns Forcella just down the way) digs into his new project, Robert’s Block, which he’ll be opening in Glenside.
Jacobson doesn’t officially take over at Leila’s until February, but apparently he was so jazzed about the new gig that he’s decided to throw a party (at Leila’s, where he’ll be cooking) on January 4. Four courses, $45 a head, and while there’s no menu yet (it’ll be announced on Facebook once Jacobson figures out what he’s going to be cooking), reservations are already being accepted. Call Leila’s at 215-589-0736 to get yours.
Leila’s Bistro [f8b8z]