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(1904 Chestnut St.), the Southwestern small-plater we first told you about in September,
will open quietly tonight right on schedule!
The redo of Pearl
, from entrepreneur/event planner Adam Solomon
and his partners Kenny Yeretzian
and Rich Brenner
, still has a clubby feel to it thanks to the décor (vibe lighting, beaded partitions), but there's plenty of bar and dining-room seating for guests to take advantage of chef Gina Rodriguez
's SW-style menu, which you can check out after the jump. (The large second floor, which also boasts a bar, is designated for private events.)
Rodriguez, an Arizona native who comes to Philly from a number of high-profile, large-scale operations out west (most recently running the 300+ seat BlueFire Grill
at the LaCosta Resort and Spa
in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego), says to figure on three to four plates per person for dinner (they range from $5 to $16). Signatures on her opening menu include diver scallops with a chorizo mushroom ragout in an arbol gastrique; three types of tamales; and a Mexican chorizo mac 'n' cheese.
To drink, Kokopelli (he's lil' horn-tootin' dude, the American Indian deity of fertility and music) will offer more than 50 varieties of tequila, including specialty flights ranging in price from $11 to $83. A few specialty cocktails (a house margarita, a blood orange martini) and tight wine and beer lists round out the libations.
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