- Neighborhood: Center City West
- 1430 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Cuisine: American
Michael Klein posted his 2014 Philadelphia Restaurant Forecast with all sorts of juicy bits of news and rumor.
Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy are going to be collaborating on another new restaurant. Not many details are revealed but we know Starr has been hiring for a new Italian concept in Philadelphia. Whether this is it or not isn’t so clear. But we have heard whispers of not one but two wood-fired ovens.
UPDATE: Michael Klein is now reporting that Starr and Olexy are going into business together in Fishtown. The next collaboration will be at 1526-30 Frankford Avenue, next to Philadelphia Record Exchange. The project will contain a vegetable garden and will open this spring.
In her latest Changing Skyline column, Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, whose taste is
fairly impeccable, calls the building coming to the 15th and Walnut “visually sublime,” “intellectually rich” and “sophisticated.” Best of all, she says the all-glass, three-story cube will be “one of the city’s finest new buildings.” Not exactly what comes to mind when you think “Cheesecake Factory.”
Have you ever been stopped by a tourist asking where the Center City Cheesecake Factory is located? Did you look down, shuffle your feet and mumble, “all the factories left Philadelphia decades ago?” Did you ever try and counter the blank stares over our Cheesecake Factory void with a suggestion of one of Philadelphia’s independent restaurants? Were you stopped short, because these tourists were looking at you with some sort of pity? They somehow felt sorry for you, because you had never eaten a 3,000+ calorie plus Bistro Shrimp Pasta? Well guess what, you’ll soon be able proudly point these chain-loving Philistines towards 15th and Walnut. The new six level project will offer two levels of Cheesecake Factory enjoyment, complete with an outdoor terrace.
Cheesecake Factory has been rumored to be heading to the corner of 15th and Walnut since May of 2012, but yesterday’s Center City Residents Association meeting was the first time it was publicly acknowledged. The neighborhood association’s endorsement can go along way with the Philadelphia Zoning Board, which will have final say on the project.
And if Cheesecake Factory’s make you groan, maybe there is some solace that a UNIQLO should be in the shiny new building.
15th and Walnut [Official Site]