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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On Wednesday, June 1st, Dilworth Park will have a new cafe. Brûlée Catering is taking over the cafe which has been run by Garces Events as Rosa Blanca Cafe. On Thursday, May 26th, the cafe will close for renovations. Brûlée will provide a concession in front of the building to accommodate park visitors through the changeover.
The new cafe will offer a menu of American cuisine, sandwiches, salads and healthy snacks. The cafe will also offer coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails.
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Summer was already looking awesome with the imminent opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park. But not only is the Penns Landing pop-up going to feature hammocks, an urban beach, boardwalk and much more. But now we have the details on Blue Anchor, the floating pop-up restaurant and bar. The Blue Anchor, which is being run by the Garces Group will open Friday, June 27th.
The food menu, which will feature items like burgers, salads and fries, was put together by Jose Garces and will be executed by the Garces Events’ Chef Adam DeLosso. Drinks available will be a wide range of local beers, red sangria and daily cocktail selections.
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When we compiled the list of Philly’s Best Bars there was one bar that we couldn’t count. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up beer garden received enough votes to place on the list and to come in rather high. Not bad at all for a pop-up garden that only was open for five months. But we couldn’t include a closed bar on a list highlighting the best Philadelphia has to offer. However, the PHS’s Pop-up Beer Garden was the hit of the summer (and fall) and deserves a special mention.
It was the go-to spot for al fresco drinking all summer. A wonderful place to meet friends or find new ones. The Kimmel Center and a setting sun presented a wonderful vista. Locals hears swelled with pride. Visitors were sold on Philadelphia after one look around. It was at once an urban respite and an energy filled lot of what can be. It forced the question, how can this location right on Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center be allowed to have remained empty for so long? It’s a question that resonates today on South Broad and now across the city. For what the PHS’s garden really did, was open our eyes to what can be.
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The Parisian import, Diner en Blanc, is coming to Philadelphia on August 23rd. Diner en Blanc is an event that began in Paris with just a few friends who had the idea to plan a little flash mob (not a Philly-style flash mob, but Everywhere-Else Style) by having a fancy, surprise picnic in a public space. Soon, the event grew and over the last 25 or so years it has gained in attendance–now drawing nearly 15,000 diners in cities across Europe.
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It wasn’t so long ago that local boy Jose Garces had just one lonely address in Philadelphia. Look how things have changed in just five short years.
And he’s not stopping at 18. Garces Catering is taking over all catering and concessions at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as of June 1st.
Garces also has plans to open a full-service restaurant this winter at the Kimmel Center with an entrance at 15th and Spruce streets.
Garces Restaurant Group [Official Site]
Garces Catering [Official Site]