King of Prussia, with all of its many chain restaurants either already open, or opening soon, closed a deal with Scott Anderson's Mistral, Princeton, NJ's upscale restaurant making waves for its ambitious small plates menu and dedication to establishing long-lasting relationships with the surrounding community's local farms and purveyors. Mistral KOP will be quite the same, only with a more focused effort on sourcing from Montgomery County's farms, acquaculurists and butchers.
Taking up the front entrance of the King of Prussia Mall (between Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor), Anderson (a James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic nominee) and chef de cuisine Ben Nerenhausen aim to bring a similar progressive concept to King of Prussia diners in a 3,700 sq. ft. dining room loaded with an 18-seat bar and 48-seat outdoor patio.
According to Anderson, "Mistral" comes from the name of a strong Mediterranean wind that "sweeps through, bringing fresh air and clearing weather", which is a giant metaphor for Anderson and Nerenhausen's lofty goals for the suburban dining crowd.
This will be Anderson's third restaurant and second restaurant concept. In 2013, he and his business partner Stephen Distler opened Mistral in Princeton, and two years later, opened Elements, which got the three-bell nod of approval from Inquirer critic Craig LaBan plus a positive review from the New York Times.
Mistral KOP is set to open in early 2017.