Michael Franco, planning to rebrand Crow and the Pitcher near Rittenhouse Square, is looking into his family's restaurant roots for the new name.
The Crow, 267 S. 19th St., shut down after business Wednesday, Nov. 23 and will return, after light redecorating, as Baril on Dec. 6. Concept remains French, and chef Gregory Headen is again working with Georges Perrier on a new menu inspired by Provence. Ingredients will include house-grown herbs and vegetables.
Baril is French for "barrel" - and that's a tip of the chapeau to Franco's grandfather's long-ago South Philadelphia bar, Johnny Barrel's, at 18th and Sigel Streets.
The rebranding rids the restaurant of any traces of Alex Capasso, a previous business partner who was arrested in July 2015 and charged with child pornography. Capasso, still in federal custody while facing charges, has had no connection whatsoever with the business since his arrest.
Franco will host an open house with comp hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
Dinner menu is here.
Bar menu is here.