Seeking to become a chef-owner, Chef Nicholas Elmi announced today that he'll leave Rittenhouse Tavern, whicih he opened a year ago at the Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square.

Elmi, 32, said he'd finish the month for corporate parent Restaurant Associates.

He plans to open a restaurant - location not yet final - by the end of the year. "Although I seriously considered a recent opportunity to take over the Tavern, my passion for this city inspires me to bring it something new, warm, and elegant, fashioned to meet my own vision from the start," he said, adding that he looked forward to "a restful summer."

Nick and his wife, Kristin, have two small children.