More Details on Mike Santoro’s The Mildred

Grub Street catches up with Mike Santoro on his upcoming project, The Mildred which will replace James on 8th Street near Christian. Santoro and partner Michael Dorris are aiming to open in early September. Santoro calls the place “a good, fun neighborhood spot with slamming foods, great beers and a really, really good wine list.”

Santoro who has an excellent resume with stops at Washington D.C.’s Blue Duck TavernFat Duck in England and Mugaritz in Spain originally came to Philadelphia as the opening chef at Talula’s Garden but was out in about three months after opening the Stephen Starr/Aimee Olexy project.

Details on The Mildred Come Into Focus [Grub Street]

  • hamburglar

    It’s interesting to me how in just about EVERY professional industry, only staying in a position for three months is considered a sign of being unreliable and flaky. BUT, in the restuarant industry, flaking out on a job after three months is some kind of romanticized “stint” or brief stop.

  • Dan

    In fairness, as I recall Laban got this dude fired after his 3 months at Talula’s. He got a 2 bell review for a Starr Restaurant and that was it. He was out…

  • Tex

    “Slamming foods”? Can we look forward to a profile on Guy Fieri’s show?

  • Anon

    Stupid conclusion by Hamburglar. Does the context of why a person leaves a job after 3 months matters you dummy.

  • hamburglar

    I apologize Anon, but your comment lacks the context and proper construction to help me understand why my conclusion is stupid in your opinion. Was that last sentence a question or a statement?

  • apologiesinadvance

    He didn’t flake out, he was ever so gently 86ed. And people in the restaurant industry are well aware that the higher-profile jobs are subject to the whims of wealthy owners (Olexy, Starr) and the press.

  • Philafoods

    Anyone eaten his food? It was something new to Philadelphia. I heard he had a Beard nomination.

  • John Dory

    What a name.

  • Philafoods

    I got the scoop on this from some good sources in SRO…appearantely Santoro didn’t want to play ball with the the organization and quit!! Either way his food is delicious.

  • suz

    J. Dory-
    As it was explained to me this weekend by one of Chef Santoro’s friends-that’s the name of the alley behind the restaurant. You can see it on google maps;)

  • Yaz

    Suz: Mildred Street is my home of nine years, and it is a spectacular little gem. More than an alley, less than a street. No thru traffic of which to speak, save for when residents load or unload cars, and when garbage/recycling trucks are on their routes. (That’s a sight — they magically squeeze down the street, always tugging low branches of the many trees and somehow leaving them intact.)

    The owner has been exceptionally friendly and cognizant of neighbors’ concerns, considering the restaurant’s kitchen backs onto our street. He’s even throwing a private block party on our street around the time of opening.

    Hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come. I know we’re all pleasantly surprised about his choice of name.