Chef Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook are opening a restaurant on 19th Street in Rittenhouse at the Harper, the apartment and retail building going up on the site of the historic Boyd Theater. No details on the type of restaurant have been revealed just yet, beyond that it will be open all day — but it’s safe to assume it will be Israeli or Jewish, like Solomonov and Cook’s acclaimed Zahav, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, and Rooster. The restaurateurs also co-own the much-loved Federal Donuts fried chicken-and-doughnuts chain.
The Harper is from Pearl Properties, the real estate and development company behind several prominent buildings in Philly. Pearl is also bringing Spanish celebrity-owned restaurant Tatel into the space. Tatel will front Chestnut, with the CookNSolo eatery facing the 19th Street side, which is where the entrance for people who live in the building will be located.
Along with the two restaurants, the 24-story Harper will include shops, office space, a dog park, an outdoor pool, a 10,000-square-foot green roof with space to hang out, and an underground garage. It’s named after James Harper, a builder in Rittenhouse Square and a U.S. Congressman in the 1830s.
Here’s what the Harper will look like when completed:
And here’s a rendering of the lobby: