While we were waiting on a Federal Donuts 2 announcement, chef/owner Mike Solomonov was busy working on a brand new concept that will open on the Main Line this summer. Named Citron and Rose, Solomonov is bringing glatt kosher European Jewish food to 368 Montgomery Ave. in Merion, right down the street from Eater-fave Hymie's Merion Deli. Don't expect Zahav-like cuisine, though, as those dishes are focused on Israeli and Balkan flavors. Solomonov said that cured meats and sausages are good examples of what they will serve at C+R, as well as goose and chicken fats. There will be seating for 60, including an outdoor patio.
Even though the concept is old school, they're going sleek and modern in terms of design, but they are making sure the entire restaurant is legitimately kosher. To make sure everything adheres to the strict guidelines, Solomonov and his partner Steve Cook are employing a mashgiach to be on hand at all times. Since the team already owns a non-kosher restaurant (Percy Street BBQ), they can't officially be the owners at Citron and Rose, and are only considered consultants.
Solomonov will be in the kitchen at times, but his focus will stay with Zahav. Sous chef Yehuda Sichel will be taking on the job of Chef de Cuisine at the new project.
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