When Baril (French for "barrel") opens next Tuesday, December 6, the name "Crow & The Pitcher" will dissolve into Philadelphia dining history, and all of the unfortunate, unsavory press often associated with Michael Franco's Rittenhouse bistro will be wiped clean.
The kitchen won't change much — Crow & The Pitcher was a French restaurant, and Baril will, too, be decidedly French, but with a comfort and country bent. Chef de cuisine Gregory Headen will source locally, of course, plus, the crew's got some herbs and vegetables growing in an in-house hydroponic garden. And just like before, cheese will still be a main event at 267 South 19th Street; Le Bec-Fin's Christofle cheese trolley will continue to roam the dining room floor, and Franco's good friend and Philly food icon Georges Perrier will continue to help out in the kitchen (proof pictured on the right).
On Friday, December 9, Franco will host a grand reopening party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Until then, check out the dinner and bar menus: