The long-time Rx (and for a short time, Rimedio) is poised for a comeback. Ross Scofield, a graduate of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill and one-time neighbor to Rx will be taking over the space with his his good friend, Danielle Coulter (also a graduate of the Restaurant School). Together they are planning to reopen the restaurant as Rx The Farmacy.
Scofield, a Salem County New Jersey native has spent his last fifteen years cooking and most recently opened a restaurant in Connecticut, tells us to expect farm fresh foods, locally sourced to be the backbone of Rx The Farmacy’s menu. He refers to his style as “refined rustic.”
Scofield, who has recently returned to Philadelphia was disappointed to see the once bustling corner BYOB vacant and immediately set upon reinvigorating the neighborhood institution.
“Soon” is timeframe for the reopening.
“Thank you for calling the future Rimedio…”
That’s what the answering machine at Rimedio (now living in the former West Philly home of Rx at 45th and Spruce) has been saying for a while now. But in a couple days, the new restaurant will have to change that message because, come Friday, Rimedio will be soft-opening under the command of Dan Freeman (ex of Bistro 7, and L’Oca).
Freeman will be doing modern Northern Italian cuisine in the newly re-habbed space. Think diver scallops over garlic fava beans, but touched with a hit of bacon foam and olive oil powder. Or risotto zafferano with butter-poached langoustines. He’s got house-made pasta on the board, a lamb shank with mustard greens and a black currant / lamb demi, hanger steak crusted with sourdough pretzels and served with black truffle oil.
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The above sign has been posted on the door of West Philadelphia’s Rx for more than a week. Calls to the restaurant have gone unanswered. Rx has called the corner of 45th and Spruce home for more than ten years, and through much of that time the restaurant’s 32 seats have been in high demand–especially for brunch. Original owner Greg Salisbury sold the restaurant in 2010.
We’ll update this post as soon as we know more.
You’re a really excellent texter. In fact if texting were an Olympic sport you believe you’d be a Medal contender. Well sadly texting doesn’t look like it will be at the summer of winter games anytime soon but your texting can get you a free dessert or espresso from Rx.
Text Rx to 47201 and opt in to the “Rx Mobile VIP Club” and you can show the reply text to get a free dessert or espresso. The question of course is what else did we opt into but so far our phone has remained quiet.
Rx [Official Site]
In today’s Metro The Bite takes a look at his ever increasing list of places he still has to check out or get back to.
Places to check out one of these days [Metro Philadelphia]
West Philadelphia’s Rx is offering a three course prix-fixe dinner through the rest of the year. Every Tuesday through Thursday you can pick an appetizer, entree and dessert for just $30.
UWISHUNU has a slick video tour of University City eats and drinks plus an interview with Rx owner Greg Salisbury.
University City: Eating & Drinking [UWISHUNU]
Rx in West Philadelphia has soft shell crabs on the menu tonight. Complete your meal with a growler of beer from Dock Street. They bend the rules like Beckham, Rx stocks growlers on site and then you call Dock Street and buy the beer with your credit card. Score!
We have to be honest, risotto has never made our toes curl. But reading the descriptions of Philadelphia Weekly’s Top 5 risotto dishes have us reconsidering.
- James (James’ Risotto Alla Kristina was recently named one of Food & Wine’s Best Restaurant Dishes)
- Plough and the Stars
- La Viola
Places for Risotto: Tip of the Riceberg [City Paper]
The 3rd Annual Good Food, Good Beer and the Rest Is History event is taking place on Saturday July, 21st under the Headhouse Square shambles at 2nd and Lombard from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.
This Buy Fresh Buy Local food and beer tasting event will include food from Bridget Foy’s, General Lafayette Inn, James, Run for the Hills, Rx, White Dog, Xochitl and Zot. Brewers will include Dogfish Head, General Lafayette, Sly Fox, Stoudt’s, Triumph, Troegs, Victory and Yards.
The Philadelphia Convivium of Slow Food and its local partner Farm to City are co-sponsors of the event. The event is a fund-raiser for Slow Food.
Tickets are $30 for 5 sample food plates or $22 for 3 sample food plates. For advance tickets, call Slow Food at 718-260-8000 and ask for The Rest Is History event. Tickets will also be available at the entrance (cash only).
Local Food Philly [Official Site]
Slow Food Philly [Official Site]
Farm to City [Official Site]
White Dog Cafe Foundation [Official Site]