Thursday, Aug. 25 is opening night at Lou Bird's, the high-end, new-American bar-restaurant filling the Meritage space at 20th and Lombard Streets.
Owners/neighbors Norris and Debbie Jordan, who also own the Happy Rooster at 16th and Sansom Streets (he also owns WNJ Capital, a Center City financial-services firm), have brought in longtime Garces chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski as executive chef, and Starr alum Josh Jenkins as general manager.
Lou Bird's - the nickname of the Jordans' daughter - will feature what Norris Jordan calls "exciting, ingredient-driven" cuisine in a casual but elevated, comfortable, and elegant environment. It's low-lit, casting a sexy red glow over the proceedings.
See Maronski's dinner menu (including bar list); it is coursed out into first, seconds, and mains (which are priced mostly in the $20s) and served nightly.
Saturday and Sunday brunch - here's the menu - runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Jordans have flipped the notion behind the Happy Rooster, which is a great bar that serves great food. Lou Bird's, they say, will be "a fantastic restaurant that happens to have a great bar."