A Florida-based cafe and wine bar with a cool pedigree has its sights set on the Philly area.
Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar - which started in Tampa less than three years ago and now has four locations in the Tampa Bay area - has a lease at 372 W. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, previously the site of HogFish Bar & Grill and its predecessor, Flavor.
Another Carmel location is being considered near the Wegmans store at Street Road and Route 611 in Warrington.
Carmel's concept is lighter, Mediterranean-inspired fare with a healthful bent, explains Terry Ryan, a cofounder. Ryan was behind the posh Oceanaire during its brief tenure at Seventh and Walnut Streets. The other founder is Chris T. Sullivan, who years ago headed Outback.