Sprig & Vine, vegetables in style in New Hope

Chef/owner Ross Olchvary, formerly of Horizons, at Sprig & Vine in New Hope.
Chef/owner Ross Olchvary, formerly of Horizons, at Sprig & Vine in New Hope.
Posted: April 01, 2010

Sprig & Vine, a stylish all-vegan BYOB, has surfaced in New Hope's Union Square development off Bridge Street (215-693-1427), near the Triumph Brewery.

Ross Olchvary, former sous chef and chef de cuisine at Horizons, has set up a dining room out of a Pier 1 catalog with dark wooden tables and comfy banquettes.

The open kitchen turns out wholesome dishes such as roasted root vegetable pavé (polenta, rosemary, and red wine-braised shallots, $17), edamame falafel ($7), and cornmeal-crusted tempeh ($18). It's open for lunch Wednesdays through Saturdays, and dinner Tuesdays to Saturdays. Sunday brunch will start in a few weeks.

Also new in New Hope: Zoubi, the fusion restaurant, opened Zoubi - A Food Store a takeout/bakery/grocery this week just down the block at 31 W. Mechanic St.

What's coming

Snow White, the diner at the southwest corner of Second and Market Streets in Old City since time began, will have its last call after service Sunday. Restaurateur Luca Sena and a partner plan to gut it and add a second floor/roof deck. The concept will be Italian American diner serving Neapolitan pizza. He wouldn't give a timetable and does not have a firm name.

May 6 will mark the first meals at Amuse, the right-priced, French-influenced restaurant/bar/lounge in the new Le Meridien hotel at 1421 Arch St. Details/menus: http://bit.ly/a2RnEs.

The team from Center City's Pub & Kitchen - Jonathan Adams, Dan Clark, and Ed Hackett - will branch out to Avalon, N.J., for the summer season with The Diving Horse at 21st Street and Dune Drive. The casually elegant, seafood-oriented "farm-to-table" BYO will take advantage of not only local fishermen but also Jersey farmers. They'll keep a "dry bar" with stemware and mixers, and steer customers to nearby wine shops. It will serve dinner nightly and will open around Memorial Day. (The Pub & Kitchen chef formerly known as Jonathan McDonald is now using Jonathan Adams, though he still answers to his nickname "Jonny Mac." Adams changed his surname to honor his maternal grandparents' family.)

Chef Terry White, who opened Union Trust and now works at Center City's Tavern on Broad, has a summer sideline: running the kitchens at the Princeton in Avalon. He'll return to Tavern on Broad in September.

Paloma, a top-rated French-Mexican restaurant on an unlikely block in Northeast Philadelphia before it closed in October, will resurface in June at 763 S. Eighth St. in South Philadelphia. Chef Adan Saavedra and his wife, Barb Cohan-Saavedra, hope to open initially as a BYOB.

What's new

Scott Morrison, who's behind Nectar in Berwyn and the new Floret in Radnor, has also opened Chelsea Tavern in Wilmington (821 N. Market St., 302-482-3333), across from the Grand Theater. Executive chef Sean McNeice was at Mikimoto and Stingray, and general manager Joe VanHorn was at Columbus Inn. Moderate-priced menu is focused on wood-burning options.

Chef chat

Center City chefs Mackenzie Hilton of Mercato and Eric Paraskevas of terra will compete on Tuesday's episode of the Food Network show Chopped (10 p.m.).


Contact columnist Michael Klein at mklein@phillynews.com. Follow his blog at http://go.philly.com/insider and on Twitter @phillyinsider.

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