Restaurateurs Jim and Kristina Burke, who sold their critically acclaimed James in Bella Vista three years ago to move to New York for some high-profile work, have returned to Philly.
Kristina posted a photo of their new rowhouse on Facebook, announcing the return. There's more of them; they now have two kids, a son who is 4½ and a daughter who is 7 months.
"It was a quality-of-life thing," Jim told me. "New York is New York for a reason. Two kids in a walk-up? It was tough. Then there is the whole school topic."
Jim, who was one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs for 2008, first landed in NYC at Caffe Storico, the Stephen Starr project at the New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side.