Noble Closes, Replaced By Starr’s Il Pittore

Yesterday Noble American Cookery owner Todd Rodgers sent out an email stating Noble was closing immediately and the business was being sold to Stephen Starr. Rodgers and co-owner Bruno Pouget had seen a sizable uptick in business but not without adding additional personal funds to the endeavor.

Within the last few weeks an offer was made by the Starr Restaurant Organization (SRO) to lease the building for a Fall restaurant opening. Michael Klein reports it will be Chris Painter’s Italian Il Pittore.Painter is currently Starr’s Corporate Chef assisting in numerous SRO openings from Angelina to more recently Pizzeria Stella and Frankford Hall.

Rodgers and Pouget own the building and will continue to do so. Rodgers says he’s “worked very hard with Starr Management to ensure that our staff be strongly considered for positions within their company.”

For Painter, the restaurant deal has been a long time coming. Last April it looked like his Il Pittore concept would takeover the Ansill space but that deal fell through. Similarly the project looked like it found a home at the former Deux Cheminees on Locust Street but that agreement similarly fizzled.

Now Painter has a great looking space that shouldn’t require extensive renovations before its projected October opening.

Starr strikes again in Rittenhouse [Official Site]

Photo by Jason VarneyFussing With Forks

  • GrowlerKing

    really a bummer. Todd is the shit, and I know he acted with his heart. I’ll miss the smell of fresh ginger-beer being made at the bar while lingering over a happy hour cocktail there. good luck gents :)

  • Dustin

    This is truly a shame. I’d be shocked if anything Star puts in there is anywhere near the quality of Noble.

  • lkc

    Brinn Sinot might be the most underappreciated chef in this city. Let’s hope he winds up somewhere good where this is no longer the case.

  • rory

    so underappreciated that you can’t even spell his name close to correct (Sinnott, not Sinot) :P

    I do agree…his food at noble was excellent and i hope to eat it again in the city soon.

  • David G

    A shame, although for me, Noble’s sweet spot was definitely it’s badass bar (and bartenders).

  • Anthony

    Bye Bye Porcini.

  • alm

    Noble was a rare gem. It is a shame more people did not get to experience how great of a place it actually was. Brinn is an amazingly talented, hard-working chef that will only move on to bigger and better things from here on out. Hopefully, the rest of the staff will get swiped up quickly as well. Sad day, sad news.

  • cleevus

    unfortunately, that place never recovered from the disaster of an opening. they built a nice place, though. which starr will completely change, of course. hopefully he doesn’t let painter get all snooty franco-italian and turns the place into a trattoria or something more casual, which the space really lends itself to. oh, and hopefully pounds that fraud shit hole tinto into oblivion.

  • http://pumpkinphilly.com ian moroney

    Brinn is one of the best and the most underappreciated chefs in the city. After working with him i came to recognize what an incredible individual he is. Every day in my own kitchen i still judge myself by the standards and work ethic he exhibited.

  • Hulagirl

    That is so, so, sad. I loved that place. Brinn Sinnott was putting out such amazingly glorious and yet accessible dishes. He really didn’t get a chance for the city to recognize it. I’m not excited for more Italian on the block and more Starr in the neighborhood.

  • Kenny K

    RIP, but let’s face it, no one should be surprised by this. While Noble was awesome (best cocktails I’ve had in the City), the price point, the portion sizes and the location doomed it to this fate. Noble’s situation is very similar to James’, which closed for exactly the same reasons. I know James’ owners said they were moving downtown, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Philadelphians are just not going to plunk down $260 for two with tip for a small portions dinner and a couple of drinks, no matter how good it is. The other problem is competition – there are a lot of not-quite-as-good farm-to-table alternatives in the City that are a ton cheaper.

  • rebecca

    Kenny, Jim and Kristina Burke (from James) are going to NYC: http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket/Whats-up-next-for-James-Jim-and-Kristina-Burke.html

  • just sayin’

    I’ve never been to Noble, although it’s been on my list for a while…i guess that explains a lot…but i do know Painter. He put a lot into starr and while im sure the chefs at Noble were talented in a “hard to come by” way, i think Painter will do good things.

    I know a lot of people have lost some faith in Starr, but i think this spot will be different simply becuase it is Painter. I hope they dont prove me wrong!

  • deborah komins

    The Chef is a genius.

  • http://www.thefarmerscabinet.com Matt Scheller

    The Farmers’ Cabinet would like to welcome, Christian Gaal, formerly of Noble Cookery, to their bartending team. Expect to see him this weekend!

  • Russ and Della

    We were very sorry to hear about Noble closing. We had one of the best meals ever there. Brinn is an incredible chef and we will look for him eagerly wherever he lands next. We wish him heartfelt good luck.

  • lonna don

    on my list too. I here it was great. so if it was so good and so many people are disappoited why did we not support it more? Is it me or is this a common theme in philly? On a lighter note Chris Painter is very talented…im glad to here it will be his long awaited spot.

  • fooddude

    Starr’s places are good but i always feel like I have to “prepare” myself for the attitude. Just like everything in life too much of one thing is just that- too much. I’m afraid that is what is occurring with Starr. Noble on the other hand was what the city needs more of– an outstanding neighborhood gem. Unfortunately, it was also under appreciated.

  • Missfood

    Huge score for Farmers Cabinet! Awesome bartender!

  • DeadbeatMatt

    That’s great Matt. Now you have more bartenders at Farmers Cabinet than guests. Try paying bills and your employees, you wouldn’t have so much turnover you shady slime.