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Under New Owners, Osteria Will Close for Three Months

Look for Michael Schulson and Jeff Michaud’s restaurant to stop serving around Memorial Day

Osteria hosted a James Beard Foundation benefit dinner March 13, the evening before the 2018 James Beard Awards finalists were announced from Philly
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At a James Beard Foundation fundraising dinner at Osteria on North Broad Street Tuesday night, new owner Michael Schulson announced the restaurant will close this summer for around three months. Schulson and co-owner Jeff Michaud plan to revamp the space and redo the menu. Look for it to stop serving in mid-June and reopen after Labor Day.

Home Studios out of New York will be handling the redesign. “This renovation and menu reboot will be an ode to northern Italy where Jeff fell in love with the culture and the woman he would later marry, his wife Claudia,” Schulson said over email.

Chef Michaud, a James Beard Award winner, has been with Osteria (640 N. Broad Street) since Marc Vetri opened it a decade ago. The Italian restaurant was part of the 2015 sale to Urban Outfitters, but at the beginning of this year Michaud and Schulson (Double Knot, Sampan, Harp & Crown) bought it from the retailer.

To recap: Michaud and Schulson own Osteria. Urban Outfitters owns Pizzeria Vetri and Amis. Alla Spina is closed. Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin own Vetri Cucina and the upcoming Las Vegas Vetri. There was an Osteria in Moorestown, New Jersey, but that is closed.

In other James Beard news, the 2018 finalists were announced Wednesday morning from Stephen Starr’s Parc. Ellen Yin is nominated for outstanding restaurateur, Rich Landau is up for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region, Camille Cogswell is in the running for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Zahav is on the short list for outstanding service.

Update: March 15, 2018, 2:15 p.m.
This article was updated to include a revised timeline for the project and the name of the design firm.


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