Laurel will open on East Passyunk on Tuesday

UPDATE: Check out lots of pictures of the inside of Laurel and the four-course opening menu by clicking here.

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Almost there
Almost there

Laurel, the French BYOB from Top Chef contestant Nick Elmi, opens for dinner on Tuesday at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave.

Reservations might even still be available for opening night (a couple slots were open last night).

Taking over the cigar-box sized restaurant that was Fond before it moved to 11th and Tasker, Elmi told the Insider in August that he plans “classic and contemporary French, with entrees under $30”:

“We certainly don’t want to call it fine dining,” said Elmi, who did a ton of that when he was chef at Le Bec-Fin. “A bunch of chefs today are redefining what fine dining is now. What it boils down to is who’s going to put the best food out there and connect with our customers the best?”

If you’re not into Open Table, which charges restaurants for each reservation, you can call 215-271-8299 for a table.


Elmi managed to get through the fifth week of Top Chef on Wednesday night. Speaking of which:

Looks like it’s going down to the wire ahead of Tuesday’s opening, but there’s always a late disaster when opening a restaurant, right?

Nevertheless, with every week Elmi’s star rises. That means one more heavy hitter on the red-hot East Passyunk Avenue strip, which is still awaiting the arrival of the Chris Scarduzio project at 12th and Morris, the Triangle Tavern‘s replacement, and just a block off the avenue, the Vegan Commissary at 1703 S. 11th St. Plus that white box next to Fond.

And there’s always the empty Sophia’s


One thought on “Laurel will open on East Passyunk on Tuesday

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    So excited to hear Nicholas that Laurel is opening!

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