Jose Garces | Photo by Chelsea Portner
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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.
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Gordana Kostovski is a big deal in the Philly wine community. The Macedonian Master-certified sommelier was awarded two of Wine Spectator’s Awards of Excellence, including a Best of Award of Excellence. And for close to three years, she’s remained the driving force behind Volvér’s wine program — easily one of the most consistent (and consistently great) aspects of the restaurant and bar. Last year, she was credited in the Wall Street Journal for inspiring a major New York wine purveyor to bring his business to Pennsylvania, despite the state’s restrictive conditions. To say the least, she’s been a major player in helping shape this city’s burgeoning wine scene.
Yesterday, at Philly Cooks, when I found her in front of Townsend’s table and not Volvér’s, I thought nothing of it — she’s married to Townsend’s chef-owner Tod Wentz. But lo and behold, she actually works there, too.
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Dining Room at Volver | Photo via Volver
Back for a third season, the dining room at Volver is serving new eight and 12-course tasting menus. The prices remain the same as last season, $95 for the eight-course menu and $150 for the 12-course menu. There is also an optional wine pairing available.
The dining room at Jose Garces’ flagship restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday and reservations, which are required, can be made online or by calling Volver.
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