Tag: michael solomonov

Property’s Morning Obsession: An Absurdly Self-Defeating Union Protest

federal donuts sansom street

Let’s start the morning with a fun juxtaposition. In the photo above, there’s a union protester handing out fliers in front of the Federal Donuts on Sansom Street to alert patrons to the founding owner’s sometimes-employment of non-union labor. Just a few feet from the protester is a large sign that reads: “FEDERAL DONUTS: PROUDLY BUILT WITH 100 PERCENT UNION LABOR.”

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Citron and Rose Owner David Magerman Closes on Property for New Restaurant

david magermanDavid 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.

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Citron & Rose Owner Comments on Split With Michael Solomonov

Cirton & Rose dining room. Via Foobooz

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.

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