The Washington Post Looks At Philly BYOs
The Washington Post takes a look at how Philadelphia’s BYO revolution has energized the city’s dining scene. Included are money quotes from Craig LaBan, David Snyder of PhilaFoodie, Pumpkin’s Ian Maroney, David Ansill of Pif and Ansill and Joseph Scarpone of Sovalo.
Over the past decade, Philadelphia has experienced an astounding boom in BYOB dining. When Audrey Claire opened in 1996, it was one of only two fine-dining BYOBs in the city, along with longtime favorite Dmitri’s. Now, in the metropolitan region, there are more than 240.
According to a recent survey by the online reservation service OpenTable.com, 63 percent of Philadelphia diners said they had taken their own wine to a fine-dining restaurant within their last 10 meals. That’s compared to a national average of 27 percent and more than double the percentages in New York and wine-crazy San Francisco.
Philadelphia’s BYO Revolution [Washington Post]