There’s some good news and bad news coming out of the Pub & Kitchen camp this morning. First the bad news: Long-time chef, Jonathan “JohnnyMac” Adams, is exiting the fold to focus his efforts on his artisan coffee roasting company, Rival Bros. And P&K; is shutting down at the end of the month. But don’t worry, a rep for the popular Rittenhouse haunt tells Grub this morning that the closing is only temporary. Following minor renovations, it will reopen early in February. The good news? Owners Dan Clark and Ed Hackett are a few weeks away from debuting Fitler Dining Room in the former home of David Katz’s Mémé.
Clark and Hackett have selected Robert Marzinsky to head the kitchen at Fitler Dining Room. He’s spent quite a bit of time over the years working alongside JohnnyMac at Pub & Kitchen, and served as Chef de Cuisine at the restaurant’s Jersey Shore extension, The Diving Horse in Avalon, NJ. Most recently he assisted George Sabatino in opening Stateside on East Passyunk Ave. Expect “market driven” American bistro fare at the new venture. Examples of menu items include butter-poached Caraquette oysters with potato and fennel chowder, parsley puree and brioche crouton; porcini-poached chicken breast with savory bread pudding, braised turnips and black trumpet gravy; and potato gnocchi with Burgundy snails, hazelnuts, winter truffle and chartreuse butter. We’ll keep you posted as an exact opening date gets nailed down.