When Michael Franco and chef Alex Capasso were cooking up plans for Crow & the Pitcher - their bar-restaurant just off Rittenhouse Square - they reached out to their old boss.
Franco was a general manager of Le Bec-Fin (he was last at Per Se in New York), and Capasso cooked on the line at Brasserie Perrier (he owned Blackbird Dining Establishment, West Side Gravy and Benny's Burger Joint in Collingswood).
And the old boss - Georges Perrier (who, by the way, is working on a new restaurant) - was eager to help.
Told that Crow & the Pitcher would have a temperature-controled cheese room right off the bar, Perrier offered Capasso and Franco something historic: one of the cheese carts from the late Le Bec-Fin. Though the carts had fallen on hard times at the end of Perrier's tenure on Walnut Street, Franco and Capasso fixed up theirs. It gleams.