Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar - which started in Tampa less than three years ago and now has five locations in Florida - is aiming for a Sept. 9 opening at 372 W. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, previously the site of HogFish Bar & Grill and its predecessor, Flavor.
Carmel's concept is Mediterranean-inspired fare (which they call "Mod Med"), available in small and large plates. Each is designed to be paired with wines, which will be available in three-, six- or nine-ounce pours or by the bottle.
Founders are the Camden-raised Terry Ryan, who was behind the posh Oceanaire during its brief tenure in Center City, and Chris T. Sullivan, who years ago headed Outback.
The entire restaurant - from the back-of-the-house operations to the guest menus - is run off of iPads, a source of fun, according to Yelp reviews of the Florida locations.