Garces setting up a test kitchen and mixology lab in Center City

2401 Walnut St., the future Garces test kitchen and mixology lab.

Jose Garces is a man on the move.

Besides Volver (his new showcase at the Kimmel Center) and his secret project at Old Original Bookbinder's, he has leased out street-level space at 2401 Walnut St., just by the Schuylkill.

Garces told me that the space would house offices - as he's moving them from the Cira Center - as well as a test kitchen and a mixology lab.

The test kitchen, he said, will create and develop recipes for Garces' empire. And the general public will be the beneficiary of this, as the food will be served in a cafe. (The mixology lab would be a private.)

Timeline is not set.