SEE UPDATE BELOW with ZBA result
A zoning hearing is scheduled for today for the building that will replace the old Artisan Boulanger location at 12th and Morris, which will house an as-yet-unnamed restaurant from star chef Chris Scarduzio.
And if it turns out anything like this rendering, it will be quite the improvement over what’s there now.
As we told you back in February (wow, these things move slowly, don’t they?), Scarduzio’s team plans to tear down the pepto-pink building. Pomegranate architects is designing the new building with prep kitchen in the basement and the restaurant on the first floor with about 50 seats and a bar. Fling-out windows will go on both sides and up to another 30 seats could go on the sidewalk outside.
The new plans call for three apartments on the upper two floors, down from four apartments in a total of four floors, and a roof deck. The building will top out at 39 feet. The hearing at the Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at 1515 Arch St., 18th floor.
Since the project received such a favorable reception at the EPX zoning committee in March, we’re going to guess they’ll get the zoning accommodations they need (combining two lots into one, signs, roof deck, etc.)
Just for a little refresher, Scarduzio told us in February that the restaurant will not be an Italian bistro as originally reported. Here are a few titillating highlights from that conversation:
“If I want to do something with duck confit, I want to be able to do that,” he said. “Or coq au vin on a cold winter day, I want to be able to do that. Or if it’s a summer day, a light pasta to go with a glass of sauvignon blanc.”
“And I have a little Asian side, so I want to be able to cook with my spirit and cook with my ingredients.”
Don’t expect moleculor gastronomy though. No foams, no sous vide.
“I want to work with techniques that have survived a thousand years.”
— Chris Scarduzio (@chrisscarduzio1) August 14, 2013