Salt and Pepper is getting started on renovations

Salt and Pepper, the American bistro at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., has closed for a reboot that we told you about in September.

According to our source (the outgoing voicemail message, not exactly Deep Throat):

“We are currently undergoing some extensive renovations of the kitchen. Salt and Pepper will be closed for the next three to four weeks. We will be open for the holidays and look forward to seeing you soon.”

We can’t wait!

This is a pretty exciting development for the restaurant and the avenue. Incoming chef Christoper Lee, who was named the James Beard Rising Star chef in 2005, and owner Joe Massara are collaborating on a new concept for the space.

When we passed by yesterday to snap a photo, the architect on the renovations, Brian Newswanger of Atlantes Architects (no website right now, but he often partners with WASA in New York), said that they are only doing the kitchen now, but plan to completely rehab the facade in the spring, with swing-out windows and everything. Nice.

We’re not yet sure what the new concept will be, but we left a message with Massara, so hopefully he’ll get back to us soon. We’ll keep you posted.