Citron and Rose Loses Cook and Solomonov


    Blogger Stephanie Singer bears the bad news that two star-studded chefs are no longer involved with the much-hyped kosher restaurant that opened on the Main Line last fall.

    So you love Zahav, Percy Street, Federal Donuts and Citron and Rose … basically any project that Chef Michael Solomonov gets his talented hands on. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Solomonov and business partner Steven Cook are no longer involved with Citron and Rose. 

    Here is the email I just got from their publicist, Profile PR:

    "As of this past Monday, we have concluded our consulting arrangement with Citron and Rose.  Chef de Cuisine Yehuda Sichel will return temporarily to Zahav as we work on our next restaurant project.  Mike and I are extremely proud of what our amazing staff accomplished at Citron and Rose in such a short period of time.  It was gratifying to see a full restaurant every night that served kosher cuisine to a diverse clientele.  We are grateful to David Magerman for allowing us to put kosher dining in the spotlight.  We would also like to thank our Mashgiach Rob Kandler as well as Community Kashrus of Philadelphia for their wisdom, guidance and patience throughout our involvement.  We wish Citron and Rose continued success."  – Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov.

    Owner David Magerman, the philanthropist behind the venture, said he has no intention of closing the restaurant. He put out a statement, saying that he and the restaurant "thank Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook for their tremendous help and culinary guidance though our opening. Their vision and expertise have fostered a successful beginning for the restaurant. Now it is time for Citron and Rose to continue expanding and building off of the solid brand they have helped us cultivate. Citron and Rose will continue to fulfill the mission of providing unique kosher cuisine and explore innovative avenues to reach more people across the Philadelphia region."

    In a phone interview, Solomonov said he can't discuss more than what's in the news release, nor would he say whether his involvement in the project was intended to be short term from the start.  Steven Cook also declined comment.

    Solomonov said the restaurant would probably continue to be called Citron and Rose and have the same genre of food going forward. But his foray in kosher dining will apparently remain short-lived. Solomonov said he's not planning to open another kosher establishment. 

    I'll check back with Citron and Rose to see how their operations are going in a few months, after the recovery time. As far as Cook and Solomonov go, we know they'll be OK.

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    Deborah Hirsch, the Exponent's director of digital media, contributed to this post.