Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen has been open in Radnor for nine years. But on Sunday, June 14th the Chinese restaurant will close. But as Foo herself says, “when one door closes, another opens.” Foo and her son Gabriel are closing to focus on their next project, SuGa at 1720 Sansom Street. SuGa will mark Foo’s return to Center City. Between 1987 to 2009, Susanna Foo was one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city.
SuGa is looking to open this fall. Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen will be running specials now through its Sunday closing.
Originally SuGa was to have Susanna Foo’s chef de cuisine Anne Coll in the kitchen, but Coll recently signed up with Chester County’s Whip Tavern.
Susanna and Gabriel Foo sent the following letter out to their customers today.
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Anne Coll has been named as the new executive chef of the Whip Tavern in West Marlborough, Chester County. Coll has worked for Susanna Foo at the original Walnut Street restaurant as well as Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor. Coll also had a successful run at Meritage where she brought the Korean taco rage to Philadelphia, among other successes.
Coll was to be the chef for Foo’s return to Center City, but in taking the exec chef spot at the Whip, Coll will work much closer to her home, where she has a farm and a pet pig named Jenny.
At the Whip, Coll will work closely with Chester and Lancaster County growers to create traditional pub and local dishes. Coll starts June 8th and menu changes will follow.
Whip Tavern [Foobooz]
Although news of Susanna Foo’s return to Center City was released yesterday, things are still up in the air as to when exactly that will be. And if you can’t handle the suspense, well…we can’t do anything about that. But what we can do is give you the scoop on Susanna Foo’s Weekend of Lobster Dinners in Radnor.
Starting Friday, July 25, and going until Sunday, July 27, head out to the Main Line for some good eats and cheap prices (when it comes to lobster). For $39, each guest can enjoy 3 courses – 2 courses of Asian Fusion lobster-style meals, plus 1 course to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dishes include Lobster Claw Tempura with Pei Mussels, Roasted Maine Lobster & Diver Scallop, and Jersey Peach Cobbler.
Make your reservations by calling 610-688-8808 or by clicking here.
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Susanna Foo’s return to Center City now has an address. A liquor license application recently appeared at 1720 Sansom Street and the application is in the name of Susanna Foo. The former home of Genji has long been shuttered, and also suffered a fire. This morning, the sounds of hammers was clear as renovations are already underway. 1720 Sansom Street is a two-floor space with 1,935 square feet on the ground floor and an additional 1,636 available in the basement for storage and refrigeration. Foo will reunite with her longtime chef Anne Coll, who left Meritage earlier this year at the new restaurant. No word on an opening date, and according to Michael Klein, he’s hearing the name will be Suga. Foo left Center City back in 2009 after a praise-filled run on Walnut Street. The new location will be under three blocks from her original downtown Susanna Foo. She also still owns Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor. Suga [Foobooz]
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Michael Klein posted his 2014 Philadelphia Restaurant Forecast with all sorts of juicy bits of news and rumor.
Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy are going to be collaborating on another new restaurant. Not many details are revealed but we know Starr has been hiring for a new Italian concept in Philadelphia. Whether this is it or not isn’t so clear. But we have heard whispers of not one but two wood-fired ovens.
UPDATE: Michael Klein is now reporting that Starr and Olexy are going into business together in Fishtown. The next collaboration will be at 1526-30 Frankford Avenue, next to Philadelphia Record Exchange. The project will contain a vegetable garden and will open this spring.
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Anne Coll, chef at Meritage, has worked with a lot of big names (Georges Perrier, for example). But she learned a lot of her best tricks from Susanna Foo while working at her mentor’s eponymous Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine on Walnut Street.
Now, in honor of that time, she’s putting together a Susanna Foo Tribute Menu at Meritage. It’ll be available from Wednesday, Oct 9 through Saturday, Oct 12, and features versions of “her mentor’s famous dishes from Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine.” The menu is four courses (plus an amuse), and is going prix fixe at just $39 per person. Reservations, of course, are strongly recommended.
Check out the full menu after the jump.
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Susanna Foo in Radnor is offering a special four-course lobster menu on Mondays until July 1st. The $39 dinner includes lobster three ways plus dessert.
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Monday, January 23rd marks the Chinese New Year. It’ll be 4710, the Year of the Dragon and of course there are many ways to celebrate.
Chinatown – Sunday night and into early Monday, the Chinatown Midnight parade begins at 10th and Race. Philadelphia’s Chinatown Corporation lists several restaurants offering special menus.
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Starting this Sunday Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor will be serving dim sum brunch on Sundays. Among the dim sum dishes are pan fried Cantonese pork buns, seaweed salad and five different kinds of dumplings, mmmmm dumplings.
In addition to the traditional dim sum dishes there are also stations for Egg Fu-Yuan (Chinese omelets) and Asian noodles.
Dim Sum Brunch Menu (PDF)
Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen [Official Site]
Susanna Foo is coming back to Center City Philadelphia for one night as she will be cooking at Square 1682 this Sunday. Foo and Square 1682’s executive chef Guillermo Tellez will collaborate on the special tasting dinner. Each dish will be paired with wines from Pennsylvania’s Penns Woods Winery and a portion of the dinner’s proceeds will benefit Philadelphia Academies, a charity dedicated to expanding life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming. The $65 per person dinner starts with a chef-hoste canapé reception at 6:30 and seated dinner at 7pm.
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