Fountainhead Out, Fond Moving In

We’ve been mulling over the news about Gordon Dinerman walking away from his plans for the Fountainhead Saloon at 11th and Tasker for some time now. We knew that something had gone south with the city bureaucracy and that Dinerman had walked away from the whole project (and straight into his deal with Rob LaScala at Barra), but what we didn’t know was what was going to be happening next at 1537 South 11th Street. At least not until now.

Over at Grub Street, they’re reporting that Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki of Fond and Belle Cakery signed a lease for the space just last night and are planning on moving Fond out of its current home at 1617 East Passyunk and transporting it right around the corner. This won’t be happening until the fall, but when it does, the new Fond will be opening with more seats, a short bar and a liquor license–which will be a nice improvement.

Fountainhead Saloon Project Is Dead, Fond Moving In [GrubStreet]

And In Some Good News, Look Who’s Getting Hitched

Eater reports that Fond super-duo, Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki are getting married on Sunday, May 27th. Their restaurant will be closed from May 26th to June 6th.

We wish them the best, though selfishly we’re a bit disappointed that we won’t be getting any speck and gruyere croisants for a few weeks as Prawlucki’s Belle Cakery is also closed through June 5th. But seriously, congrats.

MarriageWire [Eater]

More on National Escargot Day

Bistrot La Minette isn’t the only area restaurant getting in on the National Escargot Day fun. On Wednesday, May 23rd Southwark will be joined by Doug “the Snailman” Dussault of Potironne Company. Doug will be on hand to talk snails while Southwark’s kitchen serves up four courses (including dessert) of snail inspired dishes. Dinner is $45 per person, $65 with wine or beer pairing. The menu will also be available on Thursday the 24th.

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East Passyunk’s Fond Has Us Salivating

Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki at Cook

Each menu Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki create at Fond seems to be better than the last, so we were quite excited when this spring menu arrived in our inbox. Among the most interesting combinations:

  • Rhubarb and foie gras
  • Frissee salad and za’atar
  • Sweetbreads and ramps

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Cook’s April Schedule: A Sneak Preview

A new month means a new schedule of classes at Cook. As always, we have your sneak peek–this time two whole days before the class list goes live on Wednesday, March 7th, at the Cook website. So take a look, see what’s coming up and then, come Wednesday, be sitting by your computer early because these classes seem to be selling out faster and faster every month.

What’s New, What’s Cool and Who’ll Be Dropping By

Craig LaBan Adds More Favorites

As if Craig LaBan’s Four Bell mania wasn’t enough, today he highlights a number of his favorite restaurants in different categories.

  • New American (Full Service)
  • New American (BYOBs)
  • Distinctive Italian
  • Updated International
  • Gastropubs
  • Great Restaurants Deserving More Buzz
LaBan also uses the revisits to bestow a third bell on both Pumpkin and Fond. And a special shout out to the Feury brothers who both appear in the list, Terence for Fork and Patrick for Nectar.
Craig LaBan’s other favorites [Philadelphia Inquirer]



About Last Night: East Passyunk Pop-Up At Cook

Joe Cicala (Le Virtu), Jennifer Conley (Stateside), George Sabatino (Stateside), Jesse Prawlucki (Fond, Belle Cakery), Lee Styer (Fond)

It began with tiny espresso cups of warm foie gras soup, ended with big coffee mugs of rum and rye under a nutmeg-sprinkled egg foam masquerading as a harmless after-dinner cappucino, and in between there was a handmade pasta demo, tiny little finger-thick tuille cannoli, a dry gin Vesper with persimmon, roasted squab attended by their own confit legs, tales of saffron smuggling in Abruzze and rabbit agnolotti topped with slips of black truffle that all the cooks (plus me and Art) ended up eating in the basement–gathered around the still-warm pan, stabbing the little ravioli with forks, swearing that we were going to eat just one more, then going back in for another and another and another.

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Fond Debuts Its Fall Menu Tonight

Is it too late for a New Year’s resolution? Well we’re resolving to go to Fond more often. And with dishes like escargot with hazelnuts, Lola duck breast and Berkshire pork belly we’ll have to get there pronto.

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Fond’s Jessie Prawlucki Opening a Pastry Shop

For everyone who has fallen for Jessie Prawlucki’s desserts or even just her meringues generously dropped on the bill plate at Fond, we have excellent news. Prawlucki will be opening a Belle Cakery, a pastry shop on Passyunk Avenue near Dickinson. The shop aims to open in October but there’s a lot of construction between now and then.

Fond [Official Site]

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