New Chefs, New Restaurants & More Hit the Main Line Early January 2014
An eclectic mix of restaurants are prepping for a January debut, new chefs are thrown into the deserving spotlight, and so much more. Find out what’s hot this week in food news!
With the launch of the new year comes a series of reports that prove that the Main Line’s food scene is nowhere near slowing down.
Alfred and Barbara Giannaccari of the Alfredo’s fame (with current BYO locations in Berwyn and West Chester) are throwing a new brand into the mix as of early this year. Mercato Ristorante & Bar by Alfredo, a rustic-chic Italian bar and eatery, will soon come to downtown West Chester, on the same block of Market Street as Nooddi Thai and Market Street Grill.
Long-term chef Michael Cappon of Conshohocken’s mod-Medi bistro, Isabella, bids farewell to the restaurant and sous chef Mario Rodriguez will step up to fill the head chef clogs. Rodriguez touts an impressive resume, including stints at Philly’s Farm and Fisherman, New York City’s Soho House and Telepan and Standard Grill at The Standard Hotel, and at Pittsburgh’s Ruth’s Chris.
Mid-December, Wyebrook Farm welcomed a brand-new head chef, Eric Yost. With the help of Yost, the sustainable, Honey Brook-based farm plans to take their site-sourced products to new farm-to-fork levels. Yost, a native of the area, studied at Johnson and Wales University, and has worked in various East Coast kitchens (Cape Cod’s Coonamessett Inn and Restaurant, Tommy Bahama, and University City & Wayne’s White Dog Cafe).
Additional newcomers landing along the Main Line this month include: the 1930s-inspired jazz cafe Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill, Sabrina’s Cafe in the Wynnewood Shopping Center, Quincy's Original Lobster Rolls in Berwyn’s Swedesford Plaza, and Tradestone Confection’s shop and cafe to debut in Conshohocken.