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UPDATED: Rendering emerges for Scarduzio project at 12th and Morris


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.

Image comes via PhillyChitChat

So modern. Image comes via PhillyChitChat

Yeah, it's about time that sucker came down.

Yeah, it’s about time that sucker came down.

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.”


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8 Responses to UPDATED: Rendering emerges for Scarduzio project at 12th and Morris

  1. Taryn August 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    More duck? More meat? More italian food? For those of us that don’t eat animals, all these restaurants are starting to sound like they serve the same things! Will the avenue ever get a vegetarian/vegan restaurant? Seems overdue! I get it, it’s South Philly, we love grease, but come on, there’s a lot of money to be made selling fresh fruit and vegetables and its an untapped market down here!

    • Katt August 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Somebody call the Whaaaaa-bulance! You know you can get plenty vegan and vegetarian dishes at all these restaurants. I know plenty of people who are vegan/vegetarian and have no problem going out for a meal on the Ave.

    • Philly Ray August 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      To paraphrase, “Go bacon or go home”.

  2. AnthonyG August 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    You want veg? Go to Jade Garden. The VAST majority of people want the meat. Really, it’s just simple economics.

    Or as the previous person stated, just order the veggies, not the duck.

    • Adam August 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Table 31 isn’t worth the price. Let’s hope whatever this winds up being is much better.

  3. Ugh that name August 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I really hope they rethink that name.

    • Ian August 15, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      You’re right, Ugh. “As-yet-unnamed restaurant” probably won’t work.

  4. Jeff August 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Render looks great. I would love a veg*n restaurant on the ave, but this seems like a solid addition to the area as well.

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