Two Bells for Olde Bar

olde-bar-bookbinders-940The Inquirer’s Craig LaBan experiences Jose Garces’s reboot of the Olde Bar at the Original Bookbinders. LaBan is particularly impressed with the drinks, calling Olde Bar “one of Philly’s must-sip libation stations.” As for the food, LaBan is disappointed with the snapper soup and dry crab cake.

LaBan does take a liking to chef de cuisine Mike Siegel’s raw bar as well as  the beef fat fries and a fish and chips that now rivals LaBan’s local favorite at the Dandelion.

Two Bells – Very Good

With the Olde Bar, Garces pays homage to long-gone Bookbinder’s [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Olde Bar [Foobooz]

The Gastronaut: I Love the ’80s

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

I am, for better or for worse, a child of the 1980s.

Born in 1973, I spent my youth in a haze of Transformers (the original ones), Atari and Members Only jackets. I owned an actual pair of parachute pants, though I only wore them to school once, was mocked, and acquired, briefly, the nickname “Parachute.”

More important, I started cooking in the ’80s. I cut my teeth in the industry through the late ’80s and early ’90s (seeing as this was upstate New York during the pre-Food Network American food scene, the ’80s lasted until about 1996), and I can tell you one thing: The food was terrible. Read more »

Village Whiskey Opening in DC

Rendering via Douglas Development

Rendering via Douglas Development

The Garces Group is still very much in expansion mode, and Jose Garces announced this week that he’s bringing a Village Whiskey to the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. The bourbon bar will open at 920 N Street Northwest (Rear/Blagden Alley NW). The space will be 4,459 square feet. That’s just about four times the size as the original just off of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The location is on Blagden Alley and right next store to another Philadelphia export, La Colombe.

Washington D.C.’s Village Whiskey will open in the fall of 2016. Garces’ first Washington DC restaurant, Rural Society opened in July of 2014.

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Drexel Wants to Teach You About Restaurant Law

The lecture will be hosted by Drexel's school of Hospitality

The lecture will be hosted by Drexel’s school of Hospitality

Maybe your parents were disappointed that your love of food kept you from going to law school (what, I’m not projecting or anything).

Well, if you go to Drexel’s “Taste of Law with Greenberg Traurig, LLP” Lecture on Monday, Apr. 20, you can tell your parents that you basically went to law school anyway. And, at just $20 per person, this law school education will come with a much lower price tag than if you went the more traditional route.

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Details on Buena Onda, Jose Garces’s Baja Seafood Shack

buena-onda-logoJose Garces’s Buena Onda will be serving up fish tacos and other tastes of the Baja peninsula starting on Monday, March 16th. The casual restaurant is located in Granary building on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street.

Buena Onda, which means good vibes, aims to channel the chill spirit of Baja peninsula seafood shacks and taquerias.

Garces’s 19th restaurant will offer fish tacos featuring Mahi Mahi and jumbo shrimp. Other items will include carnitas and chicken tacos as well as mission-style quesadillas.

The restaurant will have a liquor license and will serve up fruity and/or frozen margaritas, an exclusive K38 Pale Ale from Yards Brewing and canned Mexican beers.

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Fish Tacos Come to Callowhill Street

buena-onda-tacos-interiorJose Garces is opening Buena Onda in the Granary building on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street. Buena Onda will join Pizzeria Vetri and Gyu-Kaku on the block. The casual spot, sporting the slogan “Fresh Fish Tacos” will offer tacos, quesadillas and more. The restaurant will have a liquor license, and according to this Instagram photo, Jose Garces’s tenth Philadelphia restaurant concept will offer a selection of cheladas.

Stay tuned for more details. We will all get a chance to try Buena Onda out on Monday, March 16th, when the restaurant opens to the public.

Buena Onda [Foobooz]

Justin Bogle Named Corporate Executive Chef For Garces Group

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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.

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Jose Garces’s Olde Bar Opens Today

the-olde-bar-bar-bookbinders-940Today, 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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50 Best Restaurants Poll: Volver

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This week, we’re running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.

Answer the poll question now, and if you aren’t already subscribed to Philadelphia Sunday, add your email address after submitting your answer and you’ll get the whole list in your email box, early Sunday morning.

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