So for those of you who’ve been wondering whatever happened to the guy who used to run the kitchen at Avance, now you know. The weird thing? This is a sort of homecoming for Justin Bogle, because prior to his running off to New York City to earn his Michelin stars while cooking at Gilt, he got started as a cook under Jose Garces at Alma de Cuba.
No, seriously. Another one. And this time, he’s headed back to Chicago to do it.
Today, Jose Garces opens the Olde Bar in the Old Original Bookbinders building at 2nd and Walnut. The Olde Bar is indeed the old bar from Bookbinders and it hasn’t been so much remade as reopened.
The exterior is definitely still Bookbinders. Only a small square sign reveals that “Bookies” is now Olde Bar. The rest of the signage, century old stained glass, banquettes, lighting and flooring all harken back to John Taxin’s seafood house. The menu won’t feel all that different either.
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The New York Times recently reported on a $120 million upcoming project at Newark Airport, which will involve 24(!) “high-profile” chefs all doing their part to create an upgraded culinary scene. At an airport. In Newark.
Alex Stupak, Amanda Freitag, Paul Liebrandt, Jacques Torres, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione and Alain Ducasse are all part of the project. And (as if you couldn’t have guessed from his smiling photo up there), so is Jose Garces.
The Granary, over at 19th and Callowhill, has already got a couple of heavyweight restaurant tenants. First, there’s Pizzeria Vetri, for those craving Italian. And second, it’s got an outpost of Gyu-Kaku–the Japanese BBQ restaurant with the decidedly Korean angle (in-table grills, bibimbap and kimchi on the menu). But according to some information we’re getting from tenants living at the Granary, it looks like there’s soon going to be a third big name in the building: Jose Garces.
Jose Garces is rolling out big changes for the second season at Volvér, his restaurant at the Kimmel Center. Effective immediately, the ticketing requirement has been abolished and starting Wednesday, September 24th, the menu format will change.
As of today the restaurant will no longer require tickets purchased in advance. Reservations can now be made through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly. A credit card is required to hold a reservation, similar to how some other restaurants do.
Starting on September 24th, the dining options also change. Gone is the pre-theater and performance menus. The restaurant will have two tiers, a six-course tasting menu for $75 or a twelve-course tasting for $150, not including tax tip or beverages. An optional beverage pairing will be begin at $95.
This marks a drop in price for Volvér where the performance tasting for two would set a couple back $448 with tax and tip. Now the twelve-course dinner for two would come in at $384 with tax and tip but no alcohol.
Volver just sent out an email offering a special Performance Tasting for tomorrow, September 11th. Jose Garces’s exclusive restaurant in the Kimmel Center is offering a ten-course tasting menu for $100 per person.
The offer is only valid for Thursday, September 11th only. Call 215-670-2303 to make reservations.