First, the good news: big time Philly restauranteurs Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook, most famous for modern Israeli cuisine at Zahav (but also for Percy Street BBQ, Federal Donuts and the original Marigold Kitchen), are opening a spot on the Main Line. It’ll be in the same strip mall as Hymie’s Deli and Town Hall Coffee in Merion Station, where Shalom Catering currently lives.
The bad news? It’s not open on Friday or Saturday nights. Whaaaaa? That’s because the restaurant will strictly follow glatt kosher guidelines, part of which includes being closed in observance of Shabbat. Though I obviously don’t know as much about the restaurant business (or being kosher) as Mike Solo, I can’t help but think that Main Liners who don’t observe these guidelines would still want to visit the restaurant on a weekend night.
Citron and Rose’s décor will feature an open kitchen with a chefs counter, a dining room for up to 60 guests, and a dark wood-marble topped bar featuring an all-kosher cocktail, wine and beer list. Chef Solomonov’s menu will feature meat cooked over a charcoal rotisserie grill, house-made Jewish charcuterie, an assortment of traditional pickles, vegetable dishes and salads, and freshly baked breads and desserts.
There will also be a full-service catering company for on and off-site events.
Citron and Rose
368-370 Montgomery Avenue
Merion Station, PA