Chef Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby say they are looking at "two weeks - or so" until the opening of their modern vegan restaurant Vedge, which has made every critic's must-try list for fall.
The couple, who left Horizons at Seventh near South over the summer, have taken over the historic mansion at 1221 Locust St. that housed the Deux Cheminees, and from what I just saw, the hammering is wrapping up at what will be a rustically elegant destination.
In sum, there will be a 12-seat bar at the entrance, alongside a cozy, library-like lounge-type area in the historic building's corner at Locust and Camac Streets. One dining room will feature an open veg bar, where cold dishes will be prepared amid 16 high-top seats for walk-ins. Two other dining rooms will seat a total of 46 others.
Attached are a few early photos.
Landau says the dinner menu is based on appetizer-sized plates.
Where at Horizons, a typical meal would be appetizer and entree, at Vedge, three plates will make up the same meal. He says this will allow for more dining options. The dinner menu's top section ("for the table") consists of little nibble plates of olives, house-made pickles and such. The "dirt list" will be a selection of two or three featured farm vegetables from the organic farms he works with in Lancaster County.
Plates will be priced at $9 to $14, with "for the table" items priced at $3 or $6.