- Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
- 114 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-665-9150
- Cuisine: Spanish
- Price: $$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
This post has been updated.
It’s no secret that the restaurant industry runs on thin margins, and operating with a certain level of debt to suppliers isn’t unheard of, even for successful restaurants.
But it seems that Jose Garces hasn’t been keeping up with the bills at several of his properties — and now, one produce purveyor is suing for more than $86,000 in outstanding invoices.
Jose Garces was still just a budding restaurateur in 2007 — a young, ambitious chef aiming to build an empire. He opened Tinto at 20th and Sansom Streets after his first grand-slam in Old City (Amada), and hasn’t looked back.
Now, Garces is fifteen restaurants deep, his domain sprawling across the east coast from New York to Philly to D.C. with a couple of stops in South Jersey. But all the while, Tinto’s sat there on its corner, the lone champion of Basque cuisine in Philly, pouring funky ciders (before it was cool) and serving up pintxos and brochettes.
This month, Tinto turns ten, so the Garces Group is celebrating with a big party and all sorts of week-long specials.