a.kitchen needs a.chef

At a.kitchen, chef Bryan Sikora adds some salsa to a plate of chorizo frittata. (Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

David Fields, who operates a.kitchen in the AKA Rittenhouse Square at 18th and Walnut Streets, says he's losing the services of chef Bryan Sikora, who opened the critically well-received restaurant two years ago.

The two addressed staff today to say that Sikora will leave in the late spring or early summer to work on his own project, which Fields said was "closer to his home in the western suburbs."

Eater, which broke the story, surmised that Sikora was opening his own restaurant in Wilmington. Sikora declined to talk about his next stop.

Sikora hit the radar in 2001 with Django, the ballyhooed Queen Village BYOB he opened with his then-wife Aimee Olexy. From there, they opened Talula's Table in Kennett Square; in the split, she got the restaurant/cafe. He took a job for five minutes (OK, three weeks) with Delaware’s SoDel Concepts beach chain and then worked for a short spell as culinary director for Daniel Stern at R2L and the now-closed MidAtlantic.

Fields said he has started searching for a.nationally acclaimed chef as he also develops a small second eatery on the corner of 18th and Walnut Streets, where the Kiehl's store was.