When hunting for a great salad at lunch time, we’re usually stuck with the run of the mill chain that offers bland lettuce and overripe tomatoes grown on the other side of the country. That won’t be the case for much longer. Although there’s been reports that Garces Restaurant Group had inked a lease transaction deal for two floors of the Cira Centre, we’ve just been informed that another project will sideline that one for now.
Our tipster has informed us that Garces is personally focusing all of his energies on a salad cafe concept. The name: Lechuga. After studying recent lease filings at the Philadelphia Department of Records, we’ve found that Garces Restaurant Group has obtained the space at 1760 Market Street, ironically the former location of Salad Works. Lechuga will feature a long list of salads, taking inspiration from all the far corners of the globe. Based on Garces’ previous work, we’re likely to see incarnations based on Spanish, Asian/Latin American fusion, European and New American cuisine. In honor of his Chicago roots, we’re most looking forward to the “Deep Dish Pizza Salad” we’ve been briefed about.
Along with the expansive, all you can eat salad bar, we’re told that GRG is working with a world renowned mixologist to develop an awe inspiring cocktail menu. Much like the salads, all drinks will be made with fresh local herbs and produce; a pickled beet martini is said to be the crown jewel of the bar.
Check back here on Untossed for more details, and an exhaustive review of Lechuga’s salad offerings.