With just about every single man, woman and child–vegetarian or carnivore–going loopy for the radishes and rutabega at Rich Landau’s Vedge, it should come as welcome news to Philadelphia’s tofu enthusiasts that, come Monday, April 16, there will be yet another new place where those with the taste for it, might score even more Landau-inspired vegetable goodness–and this time, on the cheap.
In terms of restaurant world trade-offs, the one that happened at 7th and Kater is just about the best deal anyone could hope for. Yes, we lost Horizons when it bailed on the space back in July, but Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby leaving South Street meant they were free to go on and open Vedge in Washington Square West–which, according to all reliable sources, is the kind of place that can make even a dedicated carnivore weep at the deliciousness of a radish.
And now, with all the final details cleared up and that big, beautiful oven cranking, Nomad is ready to debut. There’s a friends and family dinner tonight. Tomorrow, the place opens for business for real. Here’s what it will look like when the doors finally open.
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The week started with some bad news (partners Tyson Wong Ophaso and Cliff Asavadejpakdeeleaving the Tyson Bees food truck that they’d made famous) and ended with bacon cupcakes and the closing of Ernesto’s 1521, but what happened in between wasn’t all quite so grim. Here’s what you might’ve missed if you spent the last few days recovering from a Beer Week coma.
Horizons chef and owner Richard Landau tells us that Saturday, July 2nd will be the last day for vegetarian restaurant. What he doesn’t tell us is where and what is next. For that we will have to wait until at least next week.
In the final days at Horizons the kitchen will feature some classics from days gone by and some dishes from Landau’s next project.
Landau has sold the Horizons building to Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon who own Nomad Pizza Company in Hopewell, New Jersey. Nomad gave us a sneak peek of what they can do when they brought their wood burning pizza truck to the Night Market last week.
“Just when we started hearing some things about the Farmer’s Daughter at Normandy Farm in Whitpain Township (former site of a restaurant from the missing-in-action Jim Coleman, who disappeared from there, WHYY’s Chef’s Table, and World Cafe Live all in 2010) that made us actually consider making the awful drive up to that part of Montgomery County, we find out that Corey Fair, the bull-riding Texas-born chef that started to turn things around for the property, is gone.
Although the original tip that came in at the end of last week suggested that this was a sudden departure (to the effect of: ‘something happened last night, and the chef is gone’), both Fair (pictured) and the folks behind the so corporately named Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center say that’s not the case…”
Horizons, Philadelphia’s well-regarded vegan restaurant is closing. Owner Rich Landau tells us the building has been sold and the restaurant will be closing around July 4th.
Vegetarians and vegans shouldn’t fret too much as Landau says he will be back, in a new neighborhood with a simpler operation. The new concept will be vegetable focused and more approachable to the mainstream dining crowd, especially those who wouldn’t consider a vegan restaurant but believe vegetables are the next big thing. The new restaurant will also focus on smaller plates instead of the traditional app/entree/dessert formula.
According to Michael Klein the new owner of the Horizons building will be Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon who own Nomad Pizza, an acclaimed wood-fired pizzeria from Hopewell, New Jersey. No name for the new concept but it will feature good wine, beer and a brick oven for pizzas when it opens this Fall.