Marc Vetri's Osteria Coming to Moorestown Mall
The award-winning Philadelphia chef tweeted his lease agreement this weekend—right on the heels of the property receiving four liquor licenses.
Heads up, foodies: Marc Vetri is taking his talents to South Jersey.
Nearly a year after entering into talks with Moorestown Mall owners PREIT, the world-renowned Philadelphia chef finalized a lease agreement with the company only a few days after PREIT was formally awarded four liquor licenses.
PREIT spokesperson Judy Trias said the restaurant will be a version of Vetri's Osteria, located on Broad Street in Philadelphia. Since 2007, Osteria has been consistently recognized as one of the best restaurants in the city.
Vetri himself leaked the news Friday, tweeting, "Let's see if you can figure out what this means!!!! BOOM!!!," with a picture of the lease agreement attached.
"You can see Marc Vetri was excited," Trias said, adding that landing a restaurateur like the James Beard Award winner is part of the PREIT strategy for rebranding the mall.
"The idea was to create a dining destination," she said. "This is certainly a major step toward that."
Vetri, a previous Iron Chef winner, already owns and operates three acclaimed high-end, Italian-style restaurants in Philadelphia. His flagship, Vetri, was named one of the 50 best restaurants in the country by Gourmet Magazine in 2006 among a host of other accolades.
Recently, Vetri's latest concept, Alla Spina, drew praise from Bon Appetit magazine alongside Collingswood's Zeppoli, which is owned by Vetri disciple Joey Baldino, as one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country.
Trias declined to provide new information on the other three restaurants with which PREIT is negotiating for the use of the other three liquor licenses, but did say the company had other establishments "lined up," and would like to have leases inked with all four before the end of the year.