The folks behind New York City's Michelin-starred restaurant, Rebelle, are planning a destination restaurant for the ground floor of Brandywine Realty Trust's FMC Tower, "Philadelphia's first vertical neighborhood" at Cira Centre South.
The team behind the yet-to-be-named restaurant consists of:
- Branden McRill will be the GM. He's currently the GM and co-owner of both Pearl & Ash and Rebelle, and before that, he bounced around a few of Chicago's most critically-acclaimed venues, i.e. Alinea, Blackbird, Avec and Tru, plus New York's The Modern, Jean-Georges,Benoit, The Mark Hotel, The Hotel Williamsburg, and The Red Rooster.
- Patrick Cappiello is the wine guy. A partner in Rebelle, Cappiello wears many hats: he's the creator of Pearl & Ash's Renegade Wine Dinner, Chef Sommelier for Daniel Johnnes "La Paulée", and Wine Columnist for Playboy Magazine.
- Daniel Eddy will be the chef. The New York-born chef worked his way around some of the city's finest dining establishments (Onera, Dona, Anthos, and Mia Dona, to name a few) before setting off for France, where he worked under Daniel Rose at his acclaimed restaurant, Spring (10 years later, Rose joined Starr Restaurants to open his NYC French restaurant, Le Cou Cou). Eddy returned to New York in 2013 to open Rebelle.
- Melissa Weller will be the pastry chef. Weller was a veteran of Per Se and Roberta's, before heading the bakery at Sadelle's in New York City.
Similar to the symbiotic relationship a.kitchen has with its upstairs hotel/apartment building AKA Rittenhouse Square, this new restaurant at 30th and Walnut Street will do the same for its upstairs counterpart, AKA University City.
Hopefully, it'll go over better than the last time a Michelin-starred team came to Philly.