Fond update

Here's an update to my report last month on Fond, the BYOB with the great pedigree that's coming to 1617 E. Passyunk, with a target date of Aug. 31.

The project teams Le Bec-Fin alums Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki with Lacroix's Tory Keomanivong.


The Culinary Institute of America-trained Styer, Fond's exec chef, most recently was sous chef under Le Bec's Nicholas Elmi; he previously was at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel and interned at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif. 

Prawlucki's hands are in pastry. She met Styer at culinary school and has spent the last 3½ years in Le Bec's pastry department, most recently as exec pastry chef. Previous stops include the Hotel Hana-Maui in Hawaii and at Toppers at the Wauwinet Inn on Nantucket.

The Laotian-born Keomanivong, who will run the front of the house, met Styer at Lacroix, where he's been a captain for four years after 15 years at the old Founders Room at the Bellevue.

They're promising dinners every night but Sunday that will appeal to the wallet-conscious.

Here's the menu.