The Philadelphia Art Alliance is finally putting to better use its restaurant, whose garden makes it the loveliest spot on Rittenhouse Square.
Catering giant Restaurant Associates just dropped the info that its in-house chef Ed Brown will be remaking what is now known as Gardenia -- you ever hear of it either? -- into what it describes as a place featuring "accessible, modern American cuisine, serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch." It is tagged for a fall opening under an unnamed Philly chef.
Gardenia will close after brunch Sunday, July 31. Elisabeth Knapp of Knapp Interiors, who designed Zahav, Xochitl and Percy Street Barbecue, will do the interior and garden.
The spot had an interesting past before the Art Alliance brought in RA to manage.