That’s what the answering machine at Rimedio (now living in the former West Philly home of Rx at 45th and Spruce) has been saying for a while now. But in a couple days, the new restaurant will have to change that message because, come Friday, Rimedio will be soft-opening under the command of Dan Freeman (ex of Bistro 7, and L’Oca).
Freeman will be doing modern Northern Italian cuisine in the newly re-habbed space. Think diver scallops over garlic fava beans, but touched with a hit of bacon foam and olive oil powder. Or risotto zafferano with butter-poached langoustines. He’s got house-made pasta on the board, a lamb shank with mustard greens and a black currant / lamb demi, hanger steak crusted with sourdough pretzels and served with black truffle oil.
The above sign has been posted on the door of West Philadelphia’s Rx for more than a week. Calls to the restaurant have gone unanswered. Rx has called the corner of 45th and Spruce home for more than ten years, and through much of that time the restaurant’s 32 seats have been in high demand–especially for brunch. Original owner Greg Salisbury sold the restaurant in 2010.
You’re a really excellent texter. In fact if texting were an Olympic sport you believe you’d be a Medal contender. Well sadly texting doesn’t look like it will be at the summer of winter games anytime soon but your texting can get you a free dessert or espresso from Rx.
Text Rx to 47201 and opt in to the “Rx Mobile VIP Club” and you can show the reply text to get a free dessert or espresso. The question of course is what else did we opt into but so far our phone has remained quiet.
Rx in West Philadelphia has soft shell crabs on the menu tonight. Complete your meal with a growler of beer from Dock Street. They bend the rules like Beckham, Rx stocks growlers on site and then you call Dock Street and buy the beer with your credit card. Score!
The 3rd Annual Good Food, Good Beer and the Rest Is History event is taking place on Saturday July, 21st under the Headhouse Square shambles at 2nd and Lombard from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.
This Buy Fresh Buy Local food and beer tasting event will include food from Bridget Foy’s, General Lafayette Inn, James, Run for the Hills, Rx, White Dog, Xochitl and Zot. Brewers will include Dogfish Head, General Lafayette, Sly Fox, Stoudt’s, Triumph, Troegs, Victory and Yards.
The Philadelphia Convivium of Slow Food and its local partner Farm to City are co-sponsors of the event. The event is a fund-raiser for Slow Food.
Tickets are $30 for 5 sample food plates or $22 for 3 sample food plates. For advance tickets, call Slow Food at 718-260-8000 and ask for The Rest Is History event. Tickets will also be available at the entrance (cash only).