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So, last night on Top Chef, Laurel’s Nick Elmi…

UPDATE: If you’d like to see a bunch of pictures of Elmi’s restaurant, click here.

Nick Elmi

Yes, we just said yesterday we wouldn’t announce it, but it’s everywhere. But we still don’t want to completely spoil it for those who want to watch later, so, you’ll have to click through to see the answer.

Last night, Nick Elmi, who opened the tiny Laurel in November on Passyunk Ave.

…WON TOP CHEF!!! Congratulations, Nick. Wooo!

Elmi won $125,000 and a spread in Food and Wine magazine.

The Insider caught up with him a little while after the show aired and has a great interview with him, in which Elmi says now he’s setting his sights on four bells from Craig Laban, who is reviewing Laurel on Sunday.

Elmi also explains to the Insider why he chose to open a 22-seat BYOB instead of an 80-seat restaurant with a bar, like the other Philly Top Chef winner, Kevin Sbraga, who opened his namesake at Broad and Pine:

He said he and his business partner, Philadelphia lawyer Jonathan Cohen, decided that smaller and more focused was the way to go. “I know exactly what I want to do,” Elmi said. “And that is focus intensively on the food and the customer.”

Sounds good. Too bad now you’ll never get a table. Has anyone out there managed to get in? Any reviews?

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5 Responses to So, last night on Top Chef, Laurel’s Nick Elmi…

  1. SC February 6, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Woo woo!

  2. Phillydave215 February 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Congrats to Nick! Laurel is a great addition to the neighborhood.

  3. Toni February 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    We went 2x it was lovely..sad we won’t be able to get in now!!

  4. Andy February 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    We went back in November, and everything was outstanding (e.g., food, service, atmosphere, etc.). With everything being great, it was surprising that it was only half full that night. We have another reservation in a couple weeks that we made weeks ago, so book ahead and you’ll be fine.

  5. Joanna B February 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    We went the week it opened and it was amazing. The gnocchi is a must have.

    Nick gave a shout out to E. Passyunk Ave. during the Watch What Happens Live after-show!

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