The Inquirer’s Craig LaBan experiences Jose Garces’s reboot of the Olde Bar at the Original Bookbinders. LaBan is particularly impressed with the drinks, calling Olde Bar “one of Philly’s must-sip libation stations.” As for the food, LaBan is disappointed with the snapper soup and dry crab cake.
LaBan does take a liking to chef de cuisine Mike Siegel’s raw bar as well as the beef fat fries and a fish and chips that now rivals LaBan’s local favorite at the Dandelion.
Two Bells – Very Good
With the Olde Bar, Garces pays homage to long-gone Bookbinder's [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Olde Bar [Foobooz]
The Garces Group is still very much in expansion mode, and Jose Garces announced this week that he’s bringing a Village Whiskey to the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. The bourbon bar will open at 920 N Street Northwest (Rear/Blagden Alley NW). The space will be 4,459 square feet. That’s just about four times the size as the original just off of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The location is on Blagden Alley and right next store to another Philadelphia export, La Colombe.
Washington D.C.’s Village Whiskey will open in the fall of 2016. Garces’ first Washington DC restaurant, Rural Society opened in July of 2014.
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There’s a lot of cracking that goes on in the culinary world. You have to crack nuts, eggs, king crab legs. But on Tuesday, Apr. 21, you can crack something else: The Code. Intrigued? I bet.
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