Starr Catering to Have “State of the Art Office Headquarters” on North Broad

EBRM's Studebaker Building project. Photo: James Jennings

EBRM’s Studebaker Building project | Photo: James Jennings

The recent sale of Stephen Starr’s catering arm won’t alter the redevelopment plans at the Studebaker Building at 667 North Broad Street, Eric Blumenfeld, president of EB Realty Management Corp., said in a statement late last week.

Starr, who flipped his $40-million-per-year Starr Restaurants Catering Group to global food service firm TrustHouse Services Group for an undisclosed fee last week, has his Starr Events headquartered at the colorful building on North Broad. Blumenfeld said he initially “invested approximately $2 million in the build out of their facility, which includes a magnificent tasting room and a top-of-the-line catering kitchen.”

We told you back in January that EB Realty Management Corp. plans to take the multi-color facade off and restore the original “brick skin” from its former life as a Studebaker automobile showroom that is still intact underneath it. So while the plan hasn’t changed, it has been tweaked. According to Blumenfeld, the upper floors of the Studebaker Building will be expanded into “a new state of the art office headquarters” that will serve as the “home-base” for the entire catering operation.

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Stephen Starr Sells Catering Arm

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Starr Catering at the Philadelphia Museum of Art | Photo by Steve Legato

Stephen Starr has sold his Starr Events catering division – a $40 million business – to TrustHouse Services.

The deal gives TrustHouse, a top-six contract food service company in the United States, a firm foothold in Philadelphia, New York and Miami.

Starr Restaurant Catering Group will continue operating under the Starr Catering banner and will be continue to be led by Simon Powles, who was a co-founder in Starr’s catering arm back in 2007.

Starr Catering is the exclusive catering partner of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Carnegie Hall and a host of other venues in New York, Philadelphia and Miami.

For more on the business end of the deal, check out our sister site, BizPhilly.

Stephen Starr Sells Catering Group [Biz Philly]

Stephen Starr Sells Catering Group

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Stephen Starr at the BizPhilly launch event.

Stephen Starr has sold the catering arm of Starr Restaurants — a $40 million business that provides food for weddings, corporate events and cultural institutions.

TrustHouse Services Group has purchased Starr Restaurants Catering Group (SRGC) for an undisclosed amount. SRGC will continue to operate under the Starr Catering banner and be led by President and CEO Simon Powles and COO Guy Kellner. Read more »

The First Phase of The Playground Is Opening This Weekend

Concept for The Playground's T Street.

Concept for The Playground’s T Street.

With record speed, the first phase of The Playground, known as “T Street,” is officially opening its doors to the public this Friday in Atlantic City.

The Playground is Bart Blatstein‘s reinvigoration program for the Pier Shops at Ceasars, which will hold 14 music venues, two private clubs, a bowling alley and a massive sports bar when all’s said and done. Since we’ve already talked venues, attractions, and construction, how about we talk eats?

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Stephen Starr on Entrepreneurship and Trusting His Gut Instincts

Stephen Starr (left) being interviewed by Philadelphia magazine editor Tom McGrath at the BizPhilly launch party.

Stephen Starr (left) being interviewed by Philadelphia magazine editor Tom McGrath at the BizPhilly launch party.

In BizPhilly’s quest to cover entrepreneurship and innovation, we’re always interested in picking the brains of some of the most successful people in town. How did they first gain traction? Where did they find the courage to forgo comfort and security and head out on their own? What advice do they have for the rest of us?

To kick things off, we hosted the BizPhilly launch party on June 8 at the Barnes Foundation. And who better to chat about entrepreneurship than Stephen Starr, the owner of 36 restaurants and employer of 4,300 people. Read more »

Summer School: Learn To Make Sushi At Pod

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Stephen Starr’s Pod will teach you how to make sushi this summer. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from June 22 through August 12, eight diners per night will learn the art from in-house master sushi chef, Tomoyuki Takasu. With an up-close view of the conveyor belt sushi bar, you’ll make several types of sushi, study butchering techniques, and learn more about Pod’s signature offerings.

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Cinco de Mayo Roundup: Where to Eat and Drink as the 5th of May Approaches

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With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.

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Buddakan Celebrates The Year of the Sheep

buddakanPASure, Solomonov might be celebrating the year of the sheep by serving up a ton of lamb, but if you really want to ring in the Chinese New Year right, head over to Buddakan.

Stephen Starr‘s signature Asian fusion joint will be adding Chinese New Year specials to their menu from February 19-27, and hosting a single dim sum brunch on Sunday, February 22 from noon-3pm.

The brunch will feature a lion dance performance, a red tea service, and the traditional red envelopes presented at the meal’s completion (some of which will contain vouchers for complimentary drinks, appetizers, deserts and brunch). Guests also get to take away a signature chocolate dessert from Buddakan’s pastry chef Cedric Barberet.

To reserve your spot at Buddakan for the Chinese New Year festivities call (215)574-9440.

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