Iron Chef Jose Garces is interested in touring the Divine Lorraine for possible expansion. Developer Eric Blumenthal is in talks to take over the massive decaying beauty in North Philadelphia, and is trying to woo Philly's most famous chef/restaurateur. Blumenfeld has a pretty good track record, too, having convinced Marc Vetri to take a leap with Osteria many years ago, which blazed the trail for his follow-up Alla Spina and Stephen Starr's Route 6.
Michael Klein caught up with Garces (who is currently in France), and confirmed that he is interested in checking out the space in the future. Of course, that doesn't mean a deal is in place, but it would be pretty cool if this materializes into something real.
· Garces to the Divine Lorraine? [The Insider]