4/27/2012 12:33:00 PM

La Petite Dauphine, Urban Enoteca Coming to Rittenhouse

Architect's rendering of the bar at Urban Enoteca
While other areas of the city (see: Midtown Village, East Passyunk) may be adding new restaurants like there’s no tomorrow, Rittenhouse Square is quietly edging its way back to glory as Philadelphia’s main dining destination, with newcomers Rittenhouse Tavern and HipCityVeg joining the hopping 18th Street strip. Now comes news of two additional projects set to launch this year, both on Walnut Street. Within a few weeks, David Smith will open the doors at La Petite Dauphine, and in June, the Latham Hotel will welcome the first East Coast location of lauded Seattle wine bar Urban Enoteca. Read on for details.

A Le Bec-Fin alum, Smith is smitten with all things French, and according to Philly.com, is planning Euro-style pastries, coffee and luxe-casual fare at La Petite Dauphine, going into the space at 2029 Walnut (right next door to forthcoming Vernick Food & Drink). Think quiches, tartes and foie gras, plus croissants and more from Au Fournil. The townhouse building has been redecorated with bamboo floors, gold leaf banisters and colorful flora, and will serve daily from 7 AM-10 PM, including afternoon tea on weekends.

The Latham Hotel reopened last fall after an extensive renovation to its historic home at 17th and Walnut, and Urban Enoteca is nearly set to open as the boutique hotel’s anchor dining establishment. Known as Seattle’s go-to vino spot, the Philly outpost will present a Med-Italian dinner menu, as well as serve breakfast and lunch to hotel guests (and the Rittenhouse workforce, one imagines). An extensive wine list is planned; we’ll have more details as they are released.

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