ROOT opens this weekend (for the exact day, pay close attention to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook), and it is truly a sight to behold. Frankford Avenue's new restaurant and wine bar was born from two industry all-stars: Greg Root, Stephen Starr's Director of Restaurants for well over a decade, and Nick Kennedy, whose resume comes stacked from New York: Scott Conant's corporate chef de cuisine, executive sous at Del Posto, and sous chef at Jean Georges.
They've turned the space at 1206 Frankford Avenue (under Amrita Yoga) into a mid-century modern marvel full of sweet, sweet restaurant eye-candy. The wraparound walnut bar, smack in the middle of the restaurant, gets crowned, floor-to-ceiling, with shimmering brass rods. The tile floor, an Escher-esque mosaic of white, black, and yellow, projects a wonderful contrast to teal-blue chairs and walnut tables, both accented with the same brass from the bar. The windows along the front wall open to no obstruction from the outside — perfect for warm-weather al fresco dining. Tour the space above, it's truly a thing of beauty, and stay tuned for menus.