Meritage is closing after nine years at 20th and Lombard. Owners Michele DiPietro and Irene Landy are saying goodbye on Saturday, September 19th. The restaurant opened as a dark space with a strong focus on wine. In more recent years Meritage reinvented itself with a lighter room, butcher block tables and Asian-influenced food under chef Anne Coll.
In an email to customers, the owners reminisced about the good times and the bad, from weddings, late night dance parties, to Mummers, fires and wall collapses.
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Just about every restaurant worth its salt has is celebrating local tomatoes with at least an heirloom tomato salad nowadays. But a couple of restaurants are going to the next level by creating whole menus with the tomato as the centerpiece.
Meritage is offering a special tomato tasting menu from Friday, August 28th through Friday, September 4th. The four-course dinner includes lobster with tomato conserva to a tomato sorbet with lemon biscotti.
At Jamonera, the Midtown Village Spanish restaurant is celebrating Lo Tomatina, Spain’s huge tomato throwing festival. On Sunday, August 30th and Monday, August 31st, Jamonera is offering a 10 dish, tomato tapas dinner for $45 per person. The local tomato menu will feature everything from tomato gazpacho to tomato sofrito with chorizo.
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Meritage (500 S 20th Street) hasn’t had the best of luck with chefs lately. After only three months on the job, chef Paul Gauthier recently left the restaurant due to what Meritage co-owner Michele DiPietro described to Eater as an “uninspired menu.”
Now, chef Steven Forte is in the kitchen and he’s creating something that everyone can agree with: a new happy hour menu.
Beginning today, Meritage will host happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The specials include $6 red and white wine, $6 sangria and a $10 Corona bucket.
You can check out the full food menu below.
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