According to Michael Klein on Philly.com -
"Chef Tim Spinner is Jose Garces' longest-serving chef, serving by his side since 2003, when Garces started running the kitchen at El Vez for the Starr Restaurant Organization.
Spinner later followed Garces and ran the kitchen at Amada, appeared with his boss in the finale of The Next Iron Chef, and toured Mexico with Garces during the planning of Distrito.
Spinner, now chef de cuisine at Distrito, is leaving the nest, as he told his staff Friday afternoon.
Spinner and Distrito beverage director Brian Sirhal are opening Cantina Feliz, a modern/traditional Mexican resto with a bar, at 424 S. Bethlehem Pike in Fort Washington. The spot, which was Alison two briefly, for many years was Marita's Cantina, an ultracasual Mexican eatery.
Spinner, whose wife, Sandy, grew up down the road in Flourtown, said they will do cosmetic changes only; they're going for rustic.
They'll keep dinner entrees at $15 to $25 and will be open for lunch and dinner at the outset, which is aimed at November-December."
This is exciting!