Rimedio Opens Friday

“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.

I’m really curious about how Freeman is going to pull all this off. But one thing he’s got going for him? He apparently did time in my former home base of Denver, where he cooked in one of the city’s more innovative kitchens: The one at Vesta Dipping Grill. Anyone who knows the place will tell you that a post on that line guarantees that Freeman knows how to do 2 things very well: Work across borders with competing bodies of technique, and handle a crowd.

Rimedio opens soft on Friday, offers its first brunch service on Saturday, then rolls into regular dinner operation on Saturday night.

Rx Reopening As Rimedio [The Insider]