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Seeking new Horizons

Vedge, a vegetarian restaurant, will occupy 1221 Locust St., the former home of Deux Cheminees.

Having dropped the bombshell that they were closing their vegan destination Horizons after Saturday, July 2, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby have told me their next step:

It will be a vegetarian restaurant called Vedge at 1221 Locust St., the former home of Deux Cheminees.

Landau and Jacoby say Vedge will place vegetables in the spotlight like never before, in a sexy setting they call Philly's answer to Animal in L.A. (Menu will be vegan.)

The vegetable bar will offer views of chefs in action as cold plates come together: olives, antipasto, pickles, vegetable charcuterie. An adjacent hot kitchen will show the searing, roasting, grilling, and smoking that became a signature part of the Horizons experience. They'll offer mainly small and medium plates.

Expect "fruit-forward" (but still sinful) desserts, plus a bar and cocktail lounge showcasing craft beers, wines, and cocktails.

Opening is due around Labor Day. The grand building, named after its twin fireplaces, had been earmarked previously for an upscale Greek restaurant called Ulysses Voyage and then was targeted by Stephen Starr as Il Pittore, an Italian restaurant.

Horizons' space, at 611 S. Seventh St., will become a branch of Nomad Pizza.