Jen Carroll Still Prepping for Concrete Blonde

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Driven to succeed, and driving to NYC. Photo: Collin Keefe

The former Top Chef contestant is still planning her debut New York City restaurant, the 84-seat Concrete Blonde, scheduled to open sometime in 2013 in the West Village. Carroll tells Philadelphia that the motif will be edgy elegance, and the menu will be heavy on very fresh seafood that's been out of the water no more than a day. Not that she's setting high standards or anything: The food has to be fucking amazing, she tells the magazine. I need to live up to it. If not, its my fault. [PhillyMag, Earlier]