Tatel — the elegant, celeb-owned Spanish restaurant rooted in Madrid with outposts in Ibiza and Miami Beach — is fixing to open a branch in Philadelphia, leasing three levels of the former Boyd Theater at 1908 Chestnut St.
Several high-profile Spaniards, including tennis star Rafael Nadal, singer Enrique Iglesias, and San Antonio Spurs player Pau Gasol, as well as Real Madrid soccer hero Cristiano Ronaldo, are among the investors in the Miami location, along with partners/founder Abel Matutes Prats and Manuel Campos Guallar.
Tatel's look and feel reflects the Roaring '20s, fitting given the Boyd's prominence as a Prohibition-era movie house before its recent, controversial development. In company literature, Tatel considers itself more than simply a restaurant but "a sensational experience that brings together the best of Spanish gastronomy, the culture of the country, and the world of entertainment."
Jason Kramer and Josh Haber of Binswanger represented Tatel, and Jacob Cooper and Brittany Goldberg of MSC Retail represented landlord Pearl Properties. Streamline Solutions, which is handling the construction for Tatel, is part owner. Streamline recently finished building the Tatel in Miami.
"They came to us and said, 'We want to make a splash as close to Rittenhouse Square as possible,' " Haber said.
Put down the castanets, though. It's not expected to open until the late summer or early fall 2018.
Meanwhile, Center City is getting a Spanish restaurant called Oloroso in October from chef Townsend "Tod" Wentz (Townsend, A Mano).