Many of us were delighted by Chef Shola’s project, StudioKitchen, a modest house in Philadelphia where those in the know could go and pay in cash (in groups of TEN ONLY) for an unbelievable BYOB meal.
Shola always had the idea of moving from the single table concept to an actual restaurant. This was one of the most oft-postponed ideas I ever heard of. BUT it sounds like he has finally realized his dream and opened a restaurant called SPECK.
Does this place really exist? Has anyone eaten there? How many tables, what sort of prices? I am finding no specifics online. Is it BYOB (as StudioKitchen was)??
For those who do not know, Shola’s food was legendary, and I would put him near Thomas Keller as a chef with imagination and an ability to produce dishes which are delicious and intriguing. That’s why I am so curious about what he’s up to now.
I have been following this for what seems to be close to a year now. Was supposed to open months ago, but as could be expected, many delays. Shola seems to have put a lot into this and wants to do things right. You can follow much of it on his blog
I work close to the restaurant location so every few weeks take a peek at the construction. The last I checked, about 10 days ago, everything matched up with the blog reports and the interior looks just about complete. I would expect an opening can be announced any day now…
BTW, Shola did a Studio Kitchen event during the last week of 2010. Speck will be a full service restaurant (including alcohol) and will have a seating area with view of the kitchen that will continue the Studio Kitchen concept.