Elmi performed a tasting as a tryout. "His turbot dish with a red-wine sauce blew my socks off - perfectly cooked and clean and simple," said Brown, a French-trained seafood specialist.
Rittenhouse Tavern's American brasserie menu is "in my wheelhouse," said Elmi. "The [menu] idea is to be simple and elegant and fun."
In other Le Bec-Fin news, Fanucci says he will accept gift certificates in the new incarnation.
Bluefin, which sits atop many critics' lists of best sushi in the region, has relocated a mile north of its original home in Plymouth Meeting to Northtowne Plaza (2820 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton, 610-277-3917). Owner Yong Kim has double the seating - including a 17-seat sushi bar - and triple the space. Photos: www.philly.com/bluefin.
A branch of J.D. McGillicuddy's opened this week at 118 N. Wayne Ave. in Wayne (610-971-2628), replacing Flanigan's Boathouse. American crafts make up the entire draft list.
Buttonwood Grill, a bar-restaurant, opened this week at Peddler's Village on the former site of the Spotted Hog and Sweet Lorraine's at Route 202 and Street Road in Lahaska, Bucks County (215-794-4040). Enviable beer program: 20 on draft (10 crafts, 10 macros) plus two nitro lines and 50 by the bottle.
Miller's Ale House has opened its Mount Laurel location at 554 Fellowship Rd. (856-722-5690).
SoWe Bar & Kitchen - as in "SOuthWEst Center City" - will replace Divan Turkish Kitchen in April at 918 S. 22d St. Concept: modern bistro cuisine, craft beers, wines, cocktails. The look: earth-tone walls, reclaimed wood floor, and bar crafted from weathered oak, mood lighting, cool soundtrack. The churn continues for Turkish restaurants. Besides Divan, we've lost Konak (228 Vine St.) but recently added Leyla Turkish Cuisine at 113 Chestnut St. in Old City.
Healthy Bites' cafe at 2521 Christian St. will close March 18. Katie Cavuto-Boyle's catering/chef business remains open.
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