Back From The Grave

Last June it was reported that Izakaya owner Michael Schulson was looking for a Center City restaurant. Nary a peep has been heard since, in fact we buried the story on our Openings Graveyard as just one more victim of the economy. But investigation into a liquor license posted at 122-124 S 13th Street, the former Genes Baby Boutique, has revealed that Michael J Schulson is listed as one of the officers.

Will the restaurant be the same high-end Japanese concept Schulson told Dan Gross about over a year ago or will the idea have morphed as the economy has tanked? Regardless, on the heels of Ansill closing it is heartening to see the former executive chef at Pod and Buddakan Morimoto New York seemingly on the verge of returning to Philadelphia.

Update: Michael Klein fills in the details, the name is Sampan and the concept is modern Asian.