Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Greg Vernick are both signed on to open restaurants at the Comcast Technology Center, the new 60-story skyscraper going up at 1800 Arch Street.
Vongerichten, a celebrity chef/restaurateur with properties around the world, will open his restaurant at the top of the tower, reports Philly.com. It will be adjacent to the Four Seasons hotel, which closed its Ben Franklin Parkway address in 2015 to relocate to the new Comcast building. (The Logan hotel took over the Logan Square property.)
Philly-based Vernick, who was named best chef in the mid-Atlantic region at this year’s James Beard Awards, will open a restaurant on the first floor. This will be the second restaurant for Vernick, after his eponymous Rittenhouse Square eatery.
The two chefs are already well acquainted. Vernick, originally from Cherry Hill, worked for Vongeritchten earlier in his career, starting as a line cook and moving up to become sous chef at Jean-Georges. He later took on a role as a chef trainer for Vongrichten’s restaurants in Qatar, Tokyo, Vancouver, Utah, and closer to home in Boston. In 2012, he came back to the Philly area to open Vernick Food & Drink with his wife, Julie. "I’m grateful to be able to open another restaurant in Philadelphia, a city that I will forever call home,” Vernick said over email.
French chef Vongerichten’s list of restaurants spans a dozen countries, from China to Brazil, and includes several critically acclaimed New York eateries. He’s perhaps best known for Jean-Georges, set in the Trump Tower on Central Park. The restaurant, opened in 1997, earned three Michelin stars.
The Comcast Technology Center restaurants are slated to open summer 2018, according to Philly.com.