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PARC buys fountain corner; Chicago chef moving in

Future home of Noord restaurant, forgive the Google Street view image

Sam Sherman from PARC has confirmed that his organization is buying the vacant property and 11th and Tasker and that Chicago chef Joncarl Lachman will be opening his restaurant there after a full renovation.

Lachman, a Philly native who owns Home Bistro in Chicago, has been scouting locations in the neighborhood for a couple of months. He plans to open a Dutch restaurant called Noord that will serve Northern European cooking. The name is different from the original choice.

“No one was loving the Winkel name (except me),” Lachman told us in an email. “…I am beyond thrilled to be coming home, and being a part of Passyunk.”

“He will be a great addition to the Avenue,” Sherman said. “Another new chef and a totally different type of food.”


You got that right. Lachman told Eater in July that Dutch cooking means rare dishes like bitterballen (fried meatballs), konijn in het zuur (rabbit and bacon dish in vinegar sauce), and snert (pea soup).that he plans to have lots of smoked fish and smørrebrød (a selection of toasted breads with spreads and proteins).

We previously talked with the building’s current owner, Lynn Hoffman, who said he was days away from signing an agreement of sale for $575,000. Hoffman – author of the book “Short Course in Beer:An Introduction to Tasting and Talking about the World’s Most Civilized Beverage” – bought the building in 2004 for $195,000. He lived in a studio apartment on the first floor while he rented out the apartment upstairs. He said it was just time to move on.

The arrangement seems a perfect fit for Lachman. Sherman previously told us the chef wanted to open his restaurant in a strorefront and live upstairs – right up PARC’s alley. They’re already renovating a recently purchased building on the opposite corner for Fond’s new location, and there will be an apartment upstairs there. too. Sherman has said Fond should be ready to open by Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping…

Right across the street, Fond will open up shop by Thanksgiving, hopefully

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5 Responses to PARC buys fountain corner; Chicago chef moving in

  1. ANP October 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    So, Fountainhead is dead in the water and Fond will be taking over the space in which Fountainhead was going to be?

  2. P'unk October 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Yes, Fountainhead has been dead for about five, six months. Fond made the move after PARC agreed to buy the building and renovate it.

  3. Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Why doesnt Lachman just buy the building instead of Parc purchasing it?

  4. P'unk October 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    To, Anonymous: Because then he would be responsible for managing the construction. PARC’s rental rates are below market rate and they have a track record for completing projects on time. That’s our educated guess anyway.

  5. USED2B718 October 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Chicago’s loss is Philadelphia’s gain. Treat him well.

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