Renderings surface for Kimmel Center renovation

The Volver space in the former gift shop at the Kimmel Center
Architect’s rendering of the Volver space in the former gift shop at the Kimmel Center

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.

Volver viewed from current Spruce Street entrance
Volver viewed from current Spruce Street entrance

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.

Proposed new entrance to Innovation Studio
The proposed “Innovation Entry” would give a street-level presence to the Kimmel’s downstairs Innovation Studio

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.

Site plan for renovated Spruce Street side of the Kimmel Center
Site plan for renovated Spruce Street side of the Kimmel Center

Renderings courtesy KieranTimberlake