Michael Klein: Blackfish owner opens Chestnut Hill place

Posted: March 17, 2011

Charles "Chip" Roman, riding high with his destination BYOB Blackfish in Conshohocken, enters Chestnut Hill this weekend with the refined Mica (8609 Germantown Ave., 267-335-3912). In the kitchen will be Roman's culinary sidekick, Jason Cichonski, formerly of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse.

Mica's menu will have no defined concept - they're aiming for "distinctive, gratifying food" served as a three-course prix-fixe menu for $50 and a four-course prix fixe for $60, with four or two options per course. There also will be a more ambitious tasting menu, which has a personal touch and somewhat smaller portions (five courses for $70 and seven courses for $90). There's an eight-seat chef's table in a private space off the kitchen. Sample starters include Santa Barbara sea urchin with whiskey custard, passion fruit, and cucumber, and deep-water fluke crudo with house-pickled ginger, edamame, basil seeds, and ponzu. Entrees include Elysian Fields lamb shoulder with butter radishes and peanut mole, and John Dory with baby squash, walnuts, and feta.

It will be open Tuesdays through Sundays for dinner as a BYOB as it awaits a liquor license.

Vetri alum in Collingswood

Collingswood has landed Joey Baldino, former chef de cuisine at Vetri and sous chef at Osteria, who will open a yet-to-be-named 35-seat classic Sicilian BYOB in May or June at 618 Collings Ave. That space last was IndeBlue, Heather and Rakesh Ramola's Indian BYOB, which moved across the street to larger digs at 619 Collings Ave. The spot previously housed Alex Capasso's Blackbird Dining Establishment, which Capasso recently moved into a portion of his more casual West Side Gravy, at 714 Haddon Ave.

What's coming

Tom McCusker, whose Honest Tom's taco truck spreads joy and guac wherever it goes, has found a restaurant. This summer he hopes to be serving at 261 S. 44th St. in West Philly.

Green Eggs Cafe has expanded its South Philly location (1306 Dickinson St.), moving east toward Ipollito's Seafood. Dinner will be offered in about a month, says partner Steve Slaughter, who is negotiating a lease in the East Passyunk area for a new location, which will include a bar.

Starr/City Tap House alum Gordon Dinerman is taking the corner of 12th and Morris Streets, just off East Passyunk, for Birra, focused on craft beers, wines, and cocktails, and Italian/Mediterranean dishes cooked in a brick oven. He targets May.

Federal Donuts, a fried-chicken-and-doughnut shop coming this summer to 1219 S. Second St. in South Philly, is a small space with many partners: Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov (of Zahav, Xochitl, and Percy Street Barbecue), BODHi Coffee owners Thomas Henneman and Bob Logue, and foodista Felicia D'Ambrosio.

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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