Photo: Sandy Smith
No, probably not. But that isn’t stopping the Property crew from speculating on whether or not His Stephenness might be able to make something of the 3,000 square foot restaurant space (with attached outdoor seating area and parking garage) that just hit the market at 6th and Market. To wit:
This summer we wrote, “Paging Stephen Starr: Great Restaurant Space Up for Grabs on Independence Mall.” We were talking about the Dow Chemical Building, listed on the National Register, which had just come on the market. At the time, the listings agent, Robert Fahey of CBRE, was highlighting the 10,000 square feet already equipped for food service.
You can check out the whole story (or, you know, if you’re looking for a little bit of restaurant real estate…) over on the Property blog. And Mr. Starr? If you do happen to be interested in that space, you know who to call first, right?
How Do You Do, Stephen Starr? [Property]
Can’t get enough dancing on Friday night? Then check out the new Saturday brunch party at Alma de Cuba. All three floors of Stephen Starr’s Cuban restaurant are transformed into a brunch-and-dance affair with progressive DJs, Latin brunch favorites and lots of mimosas.
Doors open at 11 a.m. with dishes ranging from French toast and mini banana pancakes with crispy Serrano ham and candied walnuts to a chorizo and Manchego breakfast quesadilla and Cuban sandwich. Get those plates polished off by 1 p.m. because that’s when the DJ begins spinning in earnest.
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Hybird, the fried chicken collaboration between Stephen Starr and Questlove located at the Chelsea Market in New York has closed. The fried chicken stand received plenty of buzz but a Questlove post on Facebook hints there were poor sales and maybe some other factors at play.
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Art After 5 could be one of the most under-appreciated weekend activities this city has to offer.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s Great Stair Hall, from 5 pm-8:45 pm every Friday, turns into a little jazz music venue, where guests can enjoy jazz, for free after admission. Then take a stroll through the galleries and enjoy some of the most amazing art in the world. And to top it all off, Stephen Starr has decided to revamp the menu offered by his catering arm, laying out a spread of all-star bites from his local restaurants–things like the guacamole from El Vez, Jones‘ Baked Mac and Cheese, and Morimoto‘s Tuna Pizza.
Music, cocktails, wine, beer, good food, and art—that’s a pretty good synopsis of all the great things this city has to offer. Check out the website to see the lineup this month.
Art After 5 [Official]
Whether you want eat like a yoga instructor or a weightlifter, Trey Popp finds that Serpico provides an excellent adventure.
The evening can begin in any number of ways. An elegantly attired hostess might seat you at the kitchen counter, beneath Serpico’s placid gaze and neatly parted hair, next to a pair of buttoned-down boomers sipping a bottle of Kistler. Or you could find yourself drinking mezcal-and-Averna cocktails with a pair of hip-hop fashionistas in New Era ball caps, attended to by a hipster-whiskered server rocking tight shorts cut from cream-colored corduroy.
The variability blossoms from there.
Three Stars – Excellent
Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Choose Your Own Adventure at Serpico [Philadelphia Magazine]
Serpico [Official Site]
Photo by Jason Varney
Jim Burke, ex-chef/owner of James (now The Mildred), left for New York to work at Stephen Starr’s Caffe Storico. He’s recently been picked up by Daniel Boulud to be the executive chef of Boulud’s refresh of Bistro Moderne. New York can’t deny talent—even if it’s from Philadelphia.
Along with several serious-bald-man shots of star chef Marc Vetri, a new feature from Houzz serves up three luscious photos of Vetri’s home kitchen, which he recently redid. As with Stephen Starr’s home kitchen, which I wrote about last year, Vetri’s is incorporated into the living space so that he can cook and be a part of the conversation at the same time. He told Houzz a few of the design elements he likes in a kitchen: old subway tile or antique tile for a backsplash; wood floor;
recessed can lights.
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So Jose Garces isn’t the only local guy making big, interstate moves this season…
Stephen Starr’s restaurant empire will expand again come December, 2013. Having just signed a seven-year contract with new Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Starr will now bring a third restaurant to Florida (he opened Steak 954 at the W Hotel Ft. Lauderdale in April 2009 and Makoto at the Bal Harbour Shops in March 2011) and be providing catering for all meetings or private events, from waterfront weddings to outdoor film screenings.
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If you look on the back page of the new Best of Philly edition of Philadelphia magazine, you’ll see an interview with Georges Perrier, who finds himself without a restaurant for the first time in decades. (You’ll also find this caricature by well-known illustrator Andy Friedman.) Read more »