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Kiehl's balms out in Rittenhouse; restaurant on the way

The cosmetics giant will relocate.

Kiehl's balms out in Rittenhouse; restaurant on the way

Former Kiehl´s at 18th and Walnut Street, on the ground floor of aka Rittenhouse.
Former Kiehl's at 18th and Walnut Street, on the ground floor of aka Rittenhouse.

January is the cruelest month of the year in Philadelphia.

I'm referring to dry skin. Gotta moisturize.

Last week's shuttering of the Kiehl's cosmetics store at the corner of 18th and Walnut Streets - after 10 years - caught Philly by surprise.

Turns out, Kiehl's lease was up.

Korman, which operates the building that also includes the AKA Rittenhouse Square hotel, decided to convert Kiehl's space into an extension of sorts of a.kitchen, its restaurant on the 18th Street side.

The new restaurant, expected to open in May, does not yet have a name; I'd suggest "a.bar," since that's what it will be. The overall look and feel will be somewhat darker than a.kitchen. It will lack a grill hood because of the configuration, limiting its menu to cold stuff: oysters, charcuterie, crudo, and toasts, with an appropriate wine and cocktail menu.

Both a.kitchen and this new restaurant will be accessible through the hotel lobby.

Now as for that moisturizer. Kiehl's promises to open a new location in Center City. It's also promising a temporary location to serve the chapped masses who don't want to venture out to the other local store in King of Prussia or go to Kiehl's counters at other stores. Stay tuned for official word, but I hear it will be in Liberty Place.

Here is Kiehl's new Philly page on Facebook.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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