Two restaurants, similar names. What gives?
Pixels have been expended lately about Divan Mediterranean Grill at 622 S. Sixth St. (opening tonight), coming as it has just after the closing of Divan Turkish Kitchen & Bar across town in the Graduate Hospital/Southwest Center City area.
The logos look identical, so are they related? Yes and no.
Not by ownership. Ilker Ugur, who owned the now-closed Divan, told me he has nothing to do with the new one.
The common link - I can tell you - is Sadi Cetiner, who was chef at 22d and Carpenter and is a co-owner at Sixth and Bainbridge.
Citiner - whose shish kebab and acili ezmi (spicy minced pepper) are first-rate - is partners in this venture with Kenny Dongel and Kenny's daughter, Seval Washington.
Dongel owns K&D Tile and Marble at 16th Street and Washington Avenue, and he's poured a lot of his produict into the finishings of this attractive BYOB, which previously was Shouk. It's across from Bistrot La Minette and next door to Beau Monde. Washington - she's Turkish-born and married to an American soldier- has waitressed at Turkish restaurants all over.
Divan Mediterranean Grill is open for lunch and dinner daily. The weekday lunch menu is $9.95, and the dinner menu is fairly priced with most entrees in the teens.
As for the Divan formerly at 22d and Carpenter, it's being converted into SoWe, a neighborhood bar/restaurant. Its opening is penciled in for April 23.