Pierre and Charlotte Calmels - who over four years at Bibou have won every plaudit imaginable for a 30-seat BYOB - are going for the big time:
The couple has inked a deal to take over Rittenhouse Tavern at the Art Alliance, whose last night will be Sept. 28. They will open a classic French restaurant (priced lower than their South Philly BYO). Wine prices also will be reasonably priced, they told me.
Bibou will remain open with Ron Fougeray, their longtime sous chef (and Pierre's righthand man when he was chef at Le Bec-Fin), in the kitchen.