Stephen Starr Isn’t Done With Philly Yet


Contrary to the widely-reported doomsday scenario of Mr. Buddakan bailing on the City of Brotherly Love, it seems that Stephen Starr is not quite done here yet. We talked to the man himself recently and, in reference to the closing of Tangerine as an event space (which was originally set to happen at the end of February, but has now been pushed to June), he said that he’s now planning to open another restaurant there.

No, really! And not only that, but he also apparently has plans to (finally) do something with the old Blue Angel space at 706 Chestnut Street–or rather, to do something better with it than using it as a space for storing all his fancy patio furniture during the cold months.

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Late Friday Surge of News

Bar Ferdinand’s Michael Thomas will be manning the kitchen at Adam Ritter’s (Sidecar) new bar at Girard and Montgomery. That spotis shaping up nicely for an April opening. [Meal Ticket]

Alex Capasso, owner of Collingswood’s highly regarded Blackbird is opening West Side Gravy, a comfort food BYOB coming to the former Woolworth’s on Haddon Avenue. [Restaurant Club]

The Curtis Center will be getting its own wine bar in early April. Cooperage is the name, it will be owned by Joe Volpe (Cescaphe Ballroom) and Jen Kremer (former sommelier at Parc).  [The Insider]

Falafel Factory will be opening to the public on Tuesday, February 9th at 18th and Ranstead. [Meal Ticket]

Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean bar from the Safran/Turney Juggernaut is aiming for late March. [The Insider]

Stephen Starr is saying that he is absolutely, 100%, for sure, without a doubt bringing back Blue Angel. “In June. Or September.” [The Insider]

Quick Bites

Ultimo Coffee in getting closer and closer to opening. They chronicle the progress on their blog. [UltimoCoffee]

West Chester’s former Coyote Crossing looks like it’ll be back in business as Coyote West. [WC Dish]

Michael Klein finds that some chefs are shrinking the portions in order to keep prices down. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Marc Vetri for just $75 a head and for a good cause? He’s raising funds for Philadelphia Education Fund at Osteria on Monday. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Conde Nast Traveler has Distrito and Zahav on their “Hot List Tables” list. [Conde nast Traveler via MenuPages]

It’s Tavern on Camac vs Camac in some hot-hot-hot lawsuit fun. The Clog is not amused. [The Clog]

Passage to India has closed at the corners of Walnut and Juniper. It’ll be replaced by an IHOP! [The Insider]

Waiting for the return of Stephen Starr’s Blue Angel. You’ll be holding your breath till fall. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Starr Eyes A Redo

Today, has more on Stephen Starr and his mercurial affair with 706 Chestnut Street. The latest has the former Blue Angel location becoming… the future Blue Angel. Yep, L’Ange Bleu, Starr’s much loved French bistro is coming back.

After the short-lived  Angelina’s in 2003, there have been a bundle of proposed uses for the location. It was to be Starr’s foray into boutique hotels, an on-again, off-again gastropub and most recently an oyster bar. But now it seems Starr is going with the path of least resistance and is aiming to reopen the Blue Angel. He still has most of the decor in storage, which certainly will help keep the start-up costs down.

Also in the Kleinsider story is news that Starr is now talking about turning his former Washington Square into a “‘fun’ Greek concept.” Fun and Greek has its appeal but we can’t help but be sad to think that the concept going to the Washington Square location is the death knell for the old Broad Street Diner location.

Starr to revive Blue Angel [The Insider]