Joncarl Lachman coming to East Passyunk

Go ahead, look up the word Gezelligheid.

It's Dutch for convivial, cozy, fun, quaint, or nice atmosphere.

That's the projected vibe of Noord, a BYOB due to open on the red-hot East Passyunk strip next spring.

Chef Joncarl Lachman, a homesick Philadelphian with two Chicagoland restaurants, has signed a letter of intent with the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp., which is purchasing 1046 Tasker St.

That's the southeast corner of 11th and Tasker Streets, across from Chiarella's and catercorner from the forthcoming relocation of Fond. PARC, headed by Sam Sherman, has been on a development tear lately; it also owns the building at 1911 E. Passyunk, where Will is.

Lachman, who grew up in Center City and Southwest Philly, left town years ago and worked for such luminaries as Ann Rosenzweig (NYC) and Nora Pouillon (DC) before landing in Chicago. He owns HB Home Bistro (which he plans to keep) and is getting out of his other place, Vincent.

Lachman describes Noord as New American with a Northern European focus; expect lots of smoked fish and a rotisserie.

Lachman told me that he comes back from time to time. "There's a palpable difference in the city," he said. "It's almost overwhelming." He loves East Passyunk and plans to live with his partner above the restaurant.

He hopes to open around April. But "that's as predictable as earthquakes," he said.

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