Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are already slinging fried chicken and doughnuts on the 1600 block of Sansom Street at one of their Federal Donuts shops.
Now, know that they're will be opening right across the street - not one but two new restaurants, set up side by side:
Dizengoff - named after the Tel Aviv boulevard - will be a casual, 25-seat hummusiya. (Think Zahav Ultra-Light.) It will offer varieties of hummus with fresh baked pita bread, condiments and pickles. In addition to nonalcoholic drinks, it will serve a small beer list and be open seven days a week for lunch, early dinner and takeout.
Abe Fisher will be a modest, 50-seat dinner house serving the cuisine of the Jewish diaspora - in short, the non-Israeli Jewish cooking found in such places as Montreal, New York, France, Hungary and Italy, along with a full bar. The menu will be set up with small plates or as a tayim (tasting) menu.
The restaurants, due in early 2014, will take the space at The Sansom (1605-27 Sansom St.) that had been earmarked for the D.C.-based steak chain Medium Rare. That deal now sits in Common Pleas Court.
Besides three Federal Donuts shops (plus two more on the way), Cook and Solomonov own Zahav and Percy Street.