As If Jose Garces Wasn’t Busy Enough…


He’s got a Cuban diner to get open (Rosa Blanca, going into the space that once housed Chifa) and Volver’s birth to tend to. There are projects far and wide demanding his attention, plus the maintenance of his local empire. And yet, we just got word that Jose Garces also had a hand in helping to design the menu for the new Local–a beer-garden themed, iPad-equipped American tavern going into concourse F at Philadelphia International Airport.

The rendering above shows what he’s in for–a kind of open-air bar/diner/fast-casual dine-and-dash kind of joint. But the menu is surprisingly deep, offering everything from smoked chicken wings, deviled eggs and Berkshire spare ribs to cheese and pickle plates, fat burgers and roasted salmon with heirloom potato salad. Here’s the nut of the concept, straight from the developers:

Local is a modern American tavern; a beer hall concept rooted in the history and culture of Philadelphia.  Guests can dine from an expansive menu of classic dishes that reflect the region, many of which have a unique twist brought by Chef Garces. The menu is paired with more an array of beers as well as an extensive wine list and cocktail menu. From scratch cooking and locally sourced produce and meats ensure guests a true restaurant experience.

And for any of you out there who just happen to find yourself cruising through concourse F right this very minute, Local actually opens today. So get in there, have some duck fat fries and roasted brussels sprouts and let us know what you think.

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