Chef Jeremy Nolen is opening his own restaurant called Whetstone at the former Tapestry on Fifth and Bainbridge streets. Nolen plans a casual, regional American bar-restaurant with the backing of his Brauhaus Schmitz cohorts, Doug and Kelly Hager, The Insider reports.
Says the blog:
Whetstone (Nolen’s mom’s maiden name) will draw on his upbringing in Reading. Think chic but rustic, both in decor and in the in-house pickling and fermenting.
Brian Leahy of Leahy Design wants to give Whetstone a farmhouse look with a tin ceiling, tufted banquettes, chef’s knives on the walls and cheeses on display.
Turns out the location has some history for its new tenants, says Insider:
The location, which was last Tapestry, happens to be the site of his first head chef’s job, when it was Coquette. It’s also where he met his wife, pastry chef Jessica Nolen. She will join him at Whetstone.
The bar will sell 20 draft beers, classic cocktails, small batch bourbons and wine. Nolen is aiming to open Whetstone in the summer if all goes according to plan.
Brauhaus Schmitz, by the way, is that German beer hall at 718 South St. that throws all those block parties.
- Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande