Work has begun on the forthcoming restaurant with “wine-driven food” from chef Townsend Wentz in the former Sophia’s at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave.
Brown paper is covering the windows and a liquor license has popped up with the name Encelade, which sounds vaguely French. Enceladus is the sixth largest of Saturn’s moons, so maybe we should expect something extraterrestrial? Kidding.
Anyway, turns out that’s actually just a holding company name. The restaurant’s name is still pending, Wentz told us. Liquor licenses will often be taken out under a holding company name or some other LLC. The Cantina’s license, for instance, is listed as 1651, Inc.
As far as what’s planned, Wentz told Zagat that the concept would be his style of modern French dining:
Most recently at McCrossen’s Tavern, where he elevated the food from standard pub fare to destination-worthy, Wentz has a wealth of fine dining experience, having spent the previous decade running the kitchens at Fountain, Lacroix and NYC’s A Voce. … “East Passyunk is a perfect fit for the kind of restaurant that we are doing and is a neighborhood that expects quality,” he says.
Damn straight. He’s planning a spring opening after the bar area in front is renovated.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was updated from an earlier version.