Chefs Alan Segel and Dave Clouser were looking for something to collaborate on.
"We wanted something real cravable, something we wouldn't make at home, but something elavated to a higher level," said Segel, who with his wife, Nicol, founded Tierra back in the 1990s in Gulph Mills. Clouser was chef-owner at Sola in Bryn Mawr.
Enter fried chicken.
The two plan to open Wishbone at 4034 Walnut St. in University City, on the former site of a Lee's Hoagie House. The Lee's location closed June 12 after 28 years as owner Lois Zucker retired. Lee's owner Allan Lewin said that the building's owner, Campus Apartments, wanted a different tenant in the spot and added that he wanted to see the Lee's brand resurface in the neighborhood.
Segel and Clouser, fine-dining veterans, intend a shop with takeout, delivery, some seating, a small menu, and, according to Segel, "no pretense."
Opening is projected for October.