Quick Bites

Mexico City is the working name for the Latin concept that Stephen Starr is developing in the former Midtown IV space at 2013 Chestnut. [The Insider]

Spotted under construction at 2nd and South where Tori’s Brickhouse and Mallorca once stood, Black Angus Steakhouse.

R2L’s opening has been delayed to January but the space is looking good in these photos and there will be a $150 per person blowout on New Year’s Eve. [The Insider]

The corner of 5th and Fairmount is getting a nice looking BYOB in Lafayette Bistro. It opens Thursday and will be serving Mediterranean fare including Greek seafood, North African and Italian fare. [The Insider]

Meal Ticket has some photos of the new Sang Kee at 3549 Chestnut Street. [Meal Ticket]

The former Loie space has gotten a makeover at the hands of Jun Aizaki of Creme Design Collective. It’ll open this month as Zama, an 80-seat Japanese eatery by former Pod chef, Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka.

Han Dynasty which has branches in Exton and Royersford is opening at 108 Chestnut Street, the home of the short-lived Joe’s Peking Duck Original 1984. [Meal Ticket]

Anjou will make way for Maru in Old City. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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  • Dude

    Anyone else think that Starr calling his place “Mexico City” is a little messed up? It’s effectively the same thing as “Distrito” as far as meaning, and one would imagine it must be similar in concept as well.

    On another note, anyone else think Distrito has gone downhill? Been back twice over the last couple of months and had some things that blew me away initially come out tasting muddled and boring. I think the ship is veering off course a bit with Jose’s hand off the wheel.

  • mazza3

    yeah, that is the first thing that i thought when i saw mexico city. really? starr has finally resorted to blatant copying? hmmm….

    i’ve only been to distrito for lunch and it’s still as good as it ever was. dinner is always a different story if that’s what you are referring to….

  • Barry G


    I went to Distrito for UC Dining Days (late Summer was it?) and had a pretty disappointing meal. Watered down flavors and sloppy execution (relative to Garces’s standards–it wasn’t bad). But I went back for a meal a month or two later and had a great meal. My only criticism on that trip was that some of the dishes (especially the shortrib huarache) had too much cheese which unbalanced some of the flavors. I also had a meal at the cantina part (downstairs) which was good but unexciting (but also more affordable).

    My guess is that Starr’s place will be similar to the cantina at Distrito–reasonable prices on food a step up from run-of-the-mill Mexican and expensive drinks. This idea worked pretty well for Starr at Pizzeria Stella and is a pretty good strategy for this economy.