Whetstone, the follow-up to Brauhaus and Wursthaus Schmitz going into the former home of Tapestry and Ad Sum, is looking at further delays according to a report from Foobooz. Originally aiming for a summer opening, then floating late fall, they're now suggesting they'll debut the concept in "early 2015." (Foobooz originally reported an opening date of January 15, but an update suggests the owners have since thought better of such specificity.)
Earlier this year, we spoke in-depth with chef Jeremy Nolen about Whetstone's direction. While this new project partners him and Jessica Nolen with Brauhaus owners Doug and Kelly Hager, the plan is to highlight regional American cooking, not German. (To keep things locally focused and honor Nolen's Berks County roots, there will be some takes on Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine as well as plenty of traditional charcuterie, so expect a few common threads.)
The Foobooz report also teases a few menu items Nolen's working on, the most exciting of which is pepper pot soup, one of Philly's true classics that's nearly extinct at this point.
Whetstone, 700 South Fifth Street, opening 2015.