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Suburban Openings: Bar Lucca, Carmel Wine Bar, Restaurant Cerise & Peppercorn Make September Debuts

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Restaurateurs are flocking to the Main Line to open new concepts, with many of which picking the month of September to make their public debut. Below, find the full details on where you should be dining out this month.

StoneRose’s owner Brian Pieri ushered in his new Italian concept to Conshohocken, Bar Lucca, as of Friday, Sept. 13. Found in the former Hector Street home of Totaro’s, he’s specializing in house-made pasta and brick-oven pizza, with his beverage program consisting of a strong, adventurous wine list.

Appetizers range from marinated fennel salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette and stuffed meatballs with buffalo mozzarella, to cured meat and cheese boards and bone marrow bruschetta. Innovative, fresh pastas elevate the menu, featuring enticing combinations like fettuccine with stone-ground pine nut pesto and bucatini with bacon lardons, pecorino fresco and Calabrian chiles. The big-bellied, brick pizza oven is the restaurant’s leading focal point, serving classics like the margherita and mortadello, to the aglio (with black garlic aioli) and the hot coppa variety. To explore the full menu, visit barluccarestaurant.com.

Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar, a Florida-headquartered Mediterranean-focused restaurant, made its Radnor debut on Sept. 9 along West Lancaster Avenue in Radnor, in the former home of HogFish Bar & Grill. The menu celebrates bold, uncomplicated small plates, like crispy feta and marinated artichoke hearts, shrimp and mango flatbread and lamb lollipops with tzatziki. For more details, visit carmelcafe.com.

Lacroix alum Ben Thomas debuted his bi-level European BYOB in the former home of BRGR Joint (along West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr) on Sept. 5. Restaurant Cerise is a collaborative effort with his wife Elena, a Villanova native. Offerings include a $39 three-course menu and a $47 four-course prix-fixe, both available Wed.–Sun. A two-course brunch will be available in a month’s time. More information and sample menus available at restaurantcerise.com.

Peppercorn, an American restaurant and bar, debuted on Sept. 3, at 503 W. Lancaster Ave., replacing the former home of Georges’. Chef David Murray’s menu highlights local ingredients and features innovative twists on classics. More details on the restaurant revamp here.

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