Hot N.Y. restaurateurs to open at Cira Centre South's FMC Tower

Brandywine Realty Trust’s FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, rising above the Schuylkill at the University City side of the Walnut Street bridge, will get a restaurant whose owners have a Michelin-starred pedigree.

The trio behind New York City’s French-ish bistro Rebelle - Branden McRill, Patrick Cappiello, and chef Daniel Eddy, along with Pennsylvania-raised, chemical engineer-turned-baker Melissa Weller of Sadelle's in New York - are on board to operate the restaurant, as confirmed by Brandywine president and CEO Jerry Sweeney and AKA CEO Larry Korman. (AKA will operate the luxury hotel/apartments on the tower's upper 19 floors.)

Future restaurant at 30th and Walnut Streets, on the ground floor of the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant with a two-story footprint will be located along Walnut Street, closer to 30th Street, and is expected to open in early 2017. The concept and name are not final. 

Neither is the overall design. Parts and Labor Design, whose work on The Grey in Savannah, Ga., won a James Beard nomination, has the job.

Korman said the restaurant will have a world-class wine program. He pointed to the involvement of Cappiello, a sommelier and also a co-founder with McRill of New York's highly regarded Pearl & Ash

Sweeney said the restaurant would serve not only residents and the University City community but would become a destination, given its location off the expressway. A parking garage and porte-cochère will allow for easy access.

The mixed-use tower is billed as Philadelphia's first "vertical neighborhood."

AKA also operates posh pads in Rittenhouse Square - home of a.kitchen and a.bar, which High Street Restaurant Group operates - and in Washington Square West, at what was known as the Ben Franklin House on Chestnut Street near Ninth.