Johnny Brenda’s Chef Aiming to Open His Own BYOB
On Tuesday, July 12th Johnny Brenda’s chef Adam Diltz is going in front of the Fishtown Neighbors Association seeking approval to open a BYOB on Frankford Avenue across from the Fillmore. The restaurant, named Elwood after Diltz’s grandfather will seat 30 and serve food he describes as Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania regional.
Diltz has been the chef at Johnny Brenda’s for two years now. Before that he was at Farmicia in Old City. The native Pennsylvanian grew up outside Bloomsburg and went to culinary school at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport. Before coming to Philadelphia six years ago, Diltz worked at No. 9 Park in Boston, Everest in Chicago, BlackBerry Farm in Tennessee.
Elwood will be a family affair. The building is owned by his wife, Jenny Ko and her sister. Ko is an architect and will be designing the space.
Although there’s a lot between the zoning meeting and a projected 2017 opening, Diltz is asking interested neighbors to come out next Tuesday to support his goal.