David Magerman, owner of kosher restaurant Citron and Rose–formerly a partnership with Zahav chef Michael Solomonov–writes to say he’s just closed on the property for the future location of his next kosher project, The Dairy. The critically acclaimed and very busy C&R is part of Magerman’s broad vision for creating increasing resources for the observant Jewish community in Philadelphia. In terms of food, Citron & Rose is the only place a lot of people can eat outside of the home.
But C&R is decidedly upscale, and Magerman has been wanting to do something more accessible for a while. That’s what The Dairy is all about. The new restaurant will be at 321 Montgomery Avenue in Merion Station. It’ll probably open sometime between October and January.
Cirton & Rose dining room. Via Foobooz
A few months ago, we did our first Property Profile with David Magerman, who moved to Philadelphia in 2004 and became a transformative force in the area’s Jewish community. When we spoke, he called himself “a systems guy” who, when he sees a need, does his best to fill it. One need he identified was an area kosher restaurant, and in a fortuitous turn of events, chef Michael Solomonov was looking to do kosher at the same time. The resulting Citron & Rose garnered rave reviews and quickly developed a devoted following. But the disparate reasons for such devotion explains why the two have parted ways.
Businessman/philanthropist David Magerman is the kind of guy who makes things happen. The founder of Kohelet and the owner of Michael Solomonov’s Citron and Rose sees a need in his community and works to fill it. He sat down for the inaugural Property Profile.