After 12 years with CookNSolo, Erin O’Shea — opening chef at Percy Street BBQ and, more recently, Rooster Soup Company — has left Steve Cook and Mike Solomonov’s restaurant empire to “pursue other interests”, according to the group’s rep.
Center City’s darling new give-back diner, Rooster Soup Company, caught some national attention last week after GQ named it one of the ten best new restaurants in the country. The author, Brett Martin, waxes creative about Rooster’s chicken schnitzel sandwich, its Yemenite chicken pot pie and its smoked-matzo-ball soup; he even goes so far as to mention its hours (“[o]pen from breakfast through early-bird dinner”).
Now, just four days after the list was published, Rooster Soup Co. tweaked its menu and hours, so its entire blurb is effectively dated material — a perfect example of the fidgety, fast-moving, fickle nature of the restaurant business.
Your weekly round-up of news from the food world that you were too busy to read.
It’s Monday morning again, and if you’ve made your way here, it’s probably because you want to know how Rooster Soup Company ended up on an excellent list of the best new restaurants in America, how McDonald’s is readying itself for our dystopian future, or why Bangkok is now my least favorite city on earth. Well, second-least-favorite, actually. Behind Seattle.
Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
So here’s the deal. We’ve been waiting on good news from Rooster Soup Company for a LONG time. The first serious mention of it on Foobooz came all the way back in June of 2014 when we announced the launch of the Kickstarter that was used to fund the start-up of Rooster (and which ultimately raised over $150,000). And we’ve been keeping an eye on things ever since.
But now things are finally getting real. Rooster Soup has an opening date, a mission plan and, most important (to us, anyway), a menu.
It’s nice to see that the Wall Street Journal has discovered Philadelphia’s dining scene. Just a month after featuring Kensington Quarters, the paper is back with a story on Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Broad Street Ministry and Rooster Soup Company. While the charitable background of Rooster Soup will be familiar to Foobooz readers, there are new details about Rooster Soup Company to share.
Rooster Soup Company, the Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry backed soup restaurant that ran a successful and highly publicized Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2014 has announced its location. The soup and sandwich restaurant will open at 1526 Sansom Street, in the former home of Sansom Street Kabob House.
The concept behind Rooster Soup is to turn Federal Donuts’ unused chicken backs into chicken stock, soup and gravy – transforming what would be food waste into profits that will go directly to Broad Street Ministry, helping the organization to further their work in providing meals and services to vulnerable and homeless Philadelphians.
We’ve all been waiting patiently and excitedly for Rooster Soup Co., the collaborative project between Federal Donuts and Broad City Ministry in which the unused Federal Donuts chicken parts (like backs and necks) get turned into stock and and used as the base delicious soups, the proceeds of which will be donated to Broad City Ministry.
Back in july we updated you on some of the Rooster Soup Co. menu items. Recently, the $100-$300 backers of the project’s kickstarter were invited to a pop-up meal featuring a preview of the soon-to-be Rooster soups. The pop-up menu included:
- Rooster “Ramen” (shoyu ramen broth, crispy smoked pork belly, kombu, Haiga Mai half-milled rice, celery pickles, dried shiitakes)
- Erin O’Shea’s Texas Chili (creekstone Farms brisket, Shiner Bock, tomato, garlic, buttermilk chive cornbread crumbles)
- Squash + Tomato Soup (heirloom tomato juice, butternut squash, ginger, lemongrass, dried mushrooms, kombu, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, lime juice, vermicelli).
In other news, Rooster Soup Co. is narrowing down the possible locations but hasn’t committed to one place yet.
Michael Solomonov has certainly been in the news lately. From his story of battling addiction in the New York Times to the buzz created by Rooster Soup Company and opening two new restaurants, the chef has been keeping a high profile.
And now he’s featured by Esquire in a feature of 22 men who are redefining style across America. Solomonov is shown wearing a Giorgio Armani wool suit at the Reading Terminal. We’re much more used to seeing Solomonov in chef whites or board shorts but have to admit, he cleans up nicely.
Another Philadelphia connection in the list, former Eagles linebacker and bow-tie enthusiast Dhani Jones makes the list.