Kevin D'Egidio and Michael Griffiths have moved their Pennsport BYOB, South Helm, into the second-floor space at 1901 Chestnut St. that last housed Aldine, which closed in April over tax issues.
As Helm Rittenhouse, the American restaurant picked up not only a larger dining room (and a 21-step climb from street level), but a liquor license and a bar serving five red wines, five whites, two sparkling, and two roses, plus five draft beers and a half-dozen cocktails.
A low wall now bisects the room, creating a true bar area.
Jon Adair, chef at South Helm, runs this kitchen. Menu is a grazer's delight of seasonal small plates ($6 to $15), including a squash salad with squid and fava bean; yellow wax beans, peaches, and clover; fennel with chorizo and tarragon; broccoli rabe with pork belly and pine nuts; and leeks with goat yogurt and radicchio.
It's open at 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Bar will stay open late. Reservations are being taken here.
South Helm at Front and Morris Streets — a Craig LaBan two-beller — closed July 21.
D'Edigio and Griffiths — who met at Lacroix in the Rittenhouse — burst onto the scene in 2015 with Helm, on Fifth Street in Kensington, which they started with $10,000 in their pockets.
D'Egidio started cooking at the old Tangerine, followed by Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, Will, and Stateside. Griffiths also worked at Ela, Rittenhouse Tavern, and Fork.