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Perbacco Team to Open Volta in Former 'Wichcraft Space

It will be a "European brasserie."

Last fall, Umberto Gibin and chef Staffan Terje of Perbacco announced that they would be launching a new project in the 'Wichcraft space, located in the Westfield Centre.

At the time, 'Wichcraft denied those claims, but the high-end sandwich spot from Top Chef's Tom Colicchio finally shuddered to a halt in June, months after rumors of its imminent demise first surfaced. Now a few more details have surfaced, as Inside Scoop reveals that the restaurant will be named Volta, meaning "a turning point or change of direction" in Latin.

And true to the name, the food at Volta will veer away from the Italian cuisine that Terje and Gibin have offered at their two Financial District restaurants, Perbacco and Barbacco. This time the menu will be "contemporary French," with a handful of Scandinavian dishes thrown in as a tribute to Terje's roots. The restaurant is under the design guidance of Cass Calder Smith Architecture (who also designed the duo's other two restaurants) and is in full construction mode. For now, expect a late fall opening for Volta, which will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.


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