As we’ve covered in the past, Jose Garces is opening a new restaurant in the Kimmel Center along Spruce Street, taking over the space where the gift shop used to reside. The restaurant will have its own entrance off Spruce Street and feature floor-to-ceiling windows meant to enliven the building’s dull facade and break up its current monotony.
The restaurant, to be called Volver, is said to include a main dining room and champagne and caviar lounge, plus a smaller 25- to 30-seat room for more intimate affairs. While work has been moving steadily for some time, renderings, provided by KieranTimberlake, have surfaced. And to top if off, they show what is being called an ‘Innovation Entry’ just east of the Volver restaurant.
Currently, the Kimmel Center is seeking approval for variances from the Zoning Board of Adjustment for signs that exceed allowable sizes at its new Kimmel Center restaurant and Innovation Studio. Approval from the ZBA is the final hurdle for the project. With the Center City Residents Association and Philadelphia Art Commission already on board, it looks the ZBA, too, will sign off.
Renderings courtesy KieranTimberlake