Stephen Starr is eyeing the week of Dec. 27* for the opening of The Dandelion, his English pub occupying the former Stiletto shoe store and Mantra restaurant space at 18th and Sansom Streets.
Starr's PR machine is beginning to dribble out details.
You'll note Aikens' stick-to-your-ribness: charcuterie offerings (chicken and duck liver parfait, grape chutney, cornichons, brioche toast, and a Berkshire pork pate with wheat toast, celeriac remoulade and shallot pear chutney); duck bolognese with pappardelle and fried duck egg; mac-and-cheese amped by ham hock; braised beef short rib & onion cottage pie; fish and chips; Cumberland sausages, mashed potato & onion gravy; and rabbit, root vegetable, bacon and prune pie; grilled mackerel; and chicken and beef roasts "on Sundays and bank holidays." All washed down with specialty beverages from the U.K., including Luscombe's.
* But he may open as early as Christmas Eve.