Two Restaurant Openings for Jose Garces

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Chef Jose Garces is a busy man with two new restaurant openings.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8, the newest iteration of his Distrito brand opens at the Moorestown Mall. Chef Garces brings the flavor of Mexico City to New Jersey with a full bar of 100+ tequilas and shareable plates, good for families and large parties. And drunks. Lots and lots of drunks. You’re welcome, New Jersey.

And that’s not all…

Where We’re Eating: Barclay Prime

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Ten years into its existence on Rittenhouse Square, Stephen Starr’s first Philadelphia steakhouse remains the city’s most stylish and expense-account-crushing ode to red meat. As at Starr’s supper-clubby Butcher and Singer, service here is A-1. But while Butcher and Singer is the kind of place you can take Mom to for an impressive birthday dinner, Barclay Prime is the type of modern see-and-be-seen dining room where you’ll be embarrassed when she shows up in anything less than Prada. Skip the gimmicky wagyu-foie cheesesteak and cut into the signature rib eye. Just expect to drop $150 to $200 per person if you’re going all in.

Barclay Prime [Foobooz]

Fogo de Chao Debuts a Bar Menu

bar-fogo-400Fogo de Chao has made a name for itself with its endless skewers of meat brought to you by Brazilian gaucho chefs. But dinner at Fogo is a full commitment. A night where ALL the red meat will be eaten and you won’t so much walk away from dinner but waddle. But now, if you’ve ever walked by Philadelphia’s Fogo de Chao at Juniper and Chestnut Streets and wished you could pop-in for a single skewer, or a sirloin slider with chimichurri sauce and served on the famous Fogo de Chão pão de queijo cheese bread, you now have an a la carte option.

All Fogo de Chao locations across the US now offer a bar menu. The menu of small plates include sirloin sliders, shrimp and beef skewers plus a drink list of cocktails and wine by the glass. 

Bar Fogo Menu (PDF)

Fogo de Chao – Philadelphia [Official]

 

Union Trust to Become a Catering Hall

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Union Trust made a splashy debut just as the economy went to hell back in February, 2009. By April, 2011 the locally owned steakhouse was in bankruptcy. The $12 million dollar project was closed in November of 2012.

Now comes word from HughE Dillon that the building was sold to the Parkway Corporation for $4.2 million and will be turned into a catering facility for Finley Catering.

Finley Catering manages the catering at the Crystal Tea Room, Ballroom at the Ben and the Clothier Room in Wynnewood.

Union Trust Bought by the Parkway Corporation [Philly Chit Chat]

The Strip Joint Opens This Weekend

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The Strip Joint opens this weekend, replacing SoWe at 22nd and Carpenter. The new concept delivers steak dinners for under $20. That part sounds intriguing, the strip bar metaphors on the other hand … Are you ready for “Happy Endings” (desserts), “Something Wet” (drink menu) and a bar menu that includes the “Stripcheese Steak?”.

Saturday is being pushed as a “friends and family” night with 20% off food and drink. Sunday will see the Strip Joint open for brunch.

Check out The Strip Joint menus » 

SoWe Makes Way for The Strip Joint

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Yesterday marked the last night for SoWe at 918 S 22nd Street. The Graduate Hospital (South West Center City) gastropub has closed to be rebranded.

The new concept, which is aiming to open on Saturday, January 25th, will be the The Strip Joint – “for the love of steak.”

The following was posted late last week on SoWe’s Facebook page.

Read SoWe’s statement and weigh in on the name. » 

Ocean Prime Opens Tonight

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Ocean Prime, the seafood and steak focused restaurant from the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants group with room for 240+ across its dining rooms and bar is officially opening this evening at 15th and Sansom.

The restaurant is the biggest to open in Center City in quite some time. The supper club is 8,500-square-feet and includes a dramatic two story bar and mezanine that overlooks the restaurant.

Philadelphia is the tenth location for the Ocean Prime chain.

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Priming for Ocean Prime

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We’ve known Ocean Prime was planning on opening at the corner of 15th and Sansom since last August. And now restaurateur Cameron Mitchell has given us an opening date. Look for the American supper club concept to open on Tuesday, September 3rd. It will be the tenth Ocean Prime location Mitchell has opened. Mitchell has also named Sonny Pache as executive chef and Marc Oppen as general manager.

Ocean Prime promises quality seafood, steaks, handcrafted cocktails and wines from around the world. The space is over 8,000 square feet and will seat nearly 130 guests in the main dining room. Three private dining rooms will accommodate 32, 26 and 14 guests. The Blu Lounge will feature 60-seats for bar guests.

Ocean Prime
124 S 15th Street
215-563-0163
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Where We’re Eating: The Pub, a Bona Fide Classic

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The phrase “They don’t make them like they used to” was pretty much invented for places like the Pub, the quirky Tudor-style restaurant that sits about five minutes from the Camden side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The employees are unionized. The steaks and chops are cooked indoors on charcoal (which is only legal because the restaurant was grandfathered in). There’s a big salad bar, with a peerless Caesar. They only take reservations for parties of 10 or more. And dinner for two—with charred steaks, baked potatoes, cocktails and a round of wine—will set you back less than $100. There’s a reason you’ll wait two hours for a table on a Saturday night. The Pub is a bona fide classic.

The Pub
7600 Kaighns Avenue, Pennsauken
856-665-6440.

First appeared in the May, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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