First Look: Urban Farmer


Last year we said goodbye to a Philadelphia institution and a standard bearer of fine dining, The Fountain at the Four Seasons. Now, there’s a new kid in town. Urban Farmer Steakhouse opened a month ago in the historic restaurant space in what is now The Logan hotel. Just as Avance was always compared to Le Bec Fin, so too will Urban Farmer be compared to The Fountain, and the two are very, very different dining experiences.

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So Now We Know What Restaurant Will Be Replacing Fountain At The Four Seasons


We already know that Fountain at the Four Seasons is going to be going out on its own terms just a couple days after Christmas. Though breakfast and lunch service will be continuing, the final dinner service at Fountain is scheduled for December 27. We know that the Lounge will linger a bit, but that the whole shebang–the hotel and everything in it–will be shutting the doors for good in June of next year. The Four Seasons will be moving to the new Comcast World Domination Spire. Fountain? It’ll be a part of our collective history.

But as of yesterday, we now know two important things about the new operations at the Four Seasons’ former home. First, we know who’ll be managing day-to-day operations. Second, we know what restaurant is going to be replacing Fountain.

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Fountain Restaurant Announces Final Dinner Service


So this is it. We all knew it was coming, but now we have an actual date. The last dinner served at Fountain at the Four Seasons Hotel will be Saturday, December 27.

The official news came down yesterday, but that was just putting an end-date on something that most folks in the food world understood as inevitable. The Four Seasons hotel itself will be closing sometime in the next year (with plans to move into the new Comcast building), so Fountain–with more than thirty years behind it–was operating on borrowed time.

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Where We’re Eating: Fountain Restaurant – a Classic Reborn

20_Fountain_Emily Frances Olson

Once upon a time, great restaurants provided great service. But over the years, jackets have been lost, shirttails have come untucked, staffers have become less formal, and nostalgists have mourned the demise of high-end di­ning. The jacket-recommended Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons is a throwback.

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Bells Ring for Five

Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings.

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Two quotes about bells, that sum up two distinctly different reactions to Craig LaBan’s resetting of the eating landscape in the region.

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Fountain at the Four Seasons Closed for Maintenance, Swann Getting Truffled Beer

The Fountain at the Four Seasons is closed until January 17th. According to the PR person we spoke to at the Four Seasons, the four-bell restaurant is closed for routine maintenance that will only affect the kitchen, there won’t be any guest-facing changes. In the meantime the Swann Lounge is open for business. So it seems this construction will not address any of the issues raised by Victor Fiorillo in this Philly Post article.

In other Four Seasons news, Dock Street Brewing is brewing a series of collaborative beers to be offered exclusively at the Swann Lounge.

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News For People Who Like Bad News

Matt Levin will not be running Rubb when it opens on Main Street in Manayunk. What he is up to is anyone’s guess. [The Insider]

The Fountain is scaling back its service, dropping Monday dinner and its signature Sunday brunch except for certain holidays. [The Insider]

Delilah Winder of Delilah’s Southern Cuisine in the Reading Terminal is among the top five added delinquents to Philadelphia’s top business tax delinquency list. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Wine kiosks are becoming a reality in Pennsylvania but just two (Chestnut Hill and the Northeast) will be in the city of Philadelphia. [Grub Street]

Headed to an open bar for New Year’s? They’re illegal. [The Insider]

And we’re working on bringing back our Closings section, until then you can find the bad news with our closings tag.

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