Noord chef-owner Joncarl Lachman’s new Dutch-style restaurant, Winkel, opened on Monday, May 27 in the Gayborhood.
Winkel — which translates to “little shop” in Dutch — is doing weekday breakfast and lunch service in addition to a prix-fixe brunch on weekends. The menu is headed up by chef de cuisine Dan Rodriguez (formerly of Noord and High Street on Market).
The weekday breakfast menu includes a wide array of omelettes and pancakes, while the lunch offerings include sandwiches and salads (many varieties of which are Dutch, like a traditional Huzaren Salade and a herring salad). Weekend diners can choose from a three-egg omelette, various forms of frittata, deep-fried strawberry-almond bread pudding french toast, and other decadent dishes, all at a fixed price and accompanied by a drink (coffee, tea, or juice) and bread from Noord sous chef and baker Jonnathan Yacashin.
The restaurant is located at 1119 Locust Street, in the space once occupied by More Than Just Ice Cream, an ice cream and dessert shop that closed in September of 2018 after a 43-year run in the area. According to philly.com, Lachman and his husband Bob Moysan renovated the 70-seater space to include an open kitchen. They’re only using half of what was once devoted to More Than Just Ice Cream for Winkel — in the other half they will be opening a shop called WinkelBroodjeBag, selling Rival Bros. coffee and pastries, to open in several weeks.
Winkel told Eater Philly he was inspired to open a new restaurant in the Gayborhood after spending a lot of time there in his younger years. The self-described “native Philadelphian” says it’s “great to be back in the ’hood.”
The opening of Winkel comes several months after Lachman announced his departure from his other breakfast location, the Dutch, in Pennsport.
STATUS: Winkel is currently open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.