Philly Homegrown, the blog launched last year by Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) to draw attention to the many magnificent farms, crops and foods that contribute to the city’s thriving restaurant scene, reports that Speck, the long-awaited restaurant from Shola Olunloyo, is open. It says the restaurant is serving “an à la carte menu with specialties like poached egg on brioche with truffle fondue, rendering the classic “egg sandwich” totally bland in comparison,” which caught us a little off guard when we read it. Had it really opened, surely it would have generated a bigger splash than this. It’s only, like, the most highly anticipated opening in recent memory. Could its series of delays caused people forget or lose interest? Probably not. Save for posts on his own StudioKitchen blog, which seldom offer details on the perpetually overdue restaurant’s setbacks or accomplishments, Olunloyo continues to remain in radio silence. But a source close to him confirmed for Grub Street that as of today Speck is still not open. But the photo of its watermelon Greek salad pictured sure has whetted our appetites.
What’s New in Local Dining [Philly Homegrown]