Rick Nichols at the Dandelion

Rick Nichols visits Stephen Starr’s latest creation, the Dandelion.

It’s a masterful illusion.

It is, for sure, an escapist, transporting place – just a step off the sidewalk – though some of the tighter crannies in its two stories of rooms, nooks, and bars can be harsh on one’s knees. There is also this to remember: Every timeworn pub was itself once new as a shiny penny.

Dandelion by Starr: God Save the Pub [Philadelphia Inquirer]