When it opens later this summer, the swank Four Seasons hotel in the new Comcast Technology Center skyscraper in Center City will have four restaurants from two acclaimed chefs: Philly’s own James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick and international celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. One restaurant is already up and running; the other three will debut when the hotel opens its doors on August 12. Reservations are now being taken for the hotel rooms.
On the second floor in the airy lobby, Vernick Coffee Bar opened last October. Despite the name, the weekday spot is much more than a coffee shop, serving both grab-and-go and sit-down meals. Coming up is Vernick Fish, an upscale seafood restaurant on street level. The 3,400-square-foot space will seat 200 across a dining room, a bar, a private dining area, and a spacious patio.
Chef Vernick, originally from South Jersey, is known for Vernick Food & Drink in Rittenhouse. Before heading back to the Philly area to open his first eponymous venture, he worked for Vongerichten’s restaurant group.
Head up to the 59th floor for Vongerichten’s Jean-Georges, complete with 40-foot-high glass walls for panoramic views and a mirrored ceiling designed to reflect both the restaurant and the city around it. The restaurant, the star chef’s first in Philly, is one of several around the world with the same name. The Jean-Georges on Central Park in New York is Michelin starred.
Up a staircase flanked by waterfalls, on the very top level of the building, he’s opening JG SkyHigh, a somewhat more casual lounge-style restaurant.
The Four Seasons on the Ben Franklin Parkway closed in 2015 in anticipation of its move to the newly built Comcast tower. Want to stay in the new hotel opening night? Rooms start at $625 and go up to $1,700.