Osteria Moorestown Closing, Catelli Duo to Move In
Marc Vetri’s Osteria in Moorestown will close and make way for a Catelli Duo, a more casual Italian concept. Vetri and Osteria was the ace-in-the-hole when the mall’s operator, PREIT pitched the previously dry town to sell four liquor licenses at the mall for a million dollars each.
Catelli Duo gets an upgraded location from its current spot in the PREIT-owned Voorhees Town Center. That mall is being sold and will be losing one of its anchor stores. According to Philly.com’s Michael Klein, Catelli Duo will also take 3,600 square feet of space next to Osteria for private dining.
Klein also reports that the transition from Osteria to Catelli Duo will happen without a shutdown and employees of Osteria will be able to migrate to Catelli or stay with the Vetri Family.
The Moorestown Mall still has a Distrito from Garces Group as well as Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Harvest Wine Bar. In December, Yard House, a bar with 110 beers on draft will open on the backside of the Mall.
As for Vetri, exiting Moorestown leaves the restaurant group with the ability to focus on its Philadelphia restaurants and its growth plans for Pizzeria Vetri. Pizzeria Vetri locations are in the works for Austin, Texas and Washington D.C. The industry shift from high-end is apparent in the Vetri Family’s shift towards the fast-casual pizzerias and even in the announcement that the proposed Devon Yard development on the Main Line will have an Amis and Pizzeria Vetri instead of an Osteria.
Osteria at Moorestown Mall to close, Catelli Duo to move in [Philly.com]