Restaurant Startup Winner Opens His Restaurant

Rarest is more than just raw and rare food.

Anthony Marini at the bar at Rarest | Photo by HughE Dillon

Anthony Marini at the bar at Rarest | Photo by HughE Dillon

Chef Anthony Marini’s restaurant concept won an episode of CNBC’s Restaurant Startup early last year. And now he’s opening his restaurant, Rarest at 9th and Chestnut Streets. Marini stresses that it isn’t just raw meat, fish, veggies and cheese on the menu, but is rather a much more rounded experience.

In addition to carpaccio and ceviche, there is also a section of raw milk cheeses and cured meats. The appetizers are lumped into a group called “the variety” and the big plates which are mainly in the twenties, is referred to as the “daily requirements.”

The space features a large bar with 20 seats and an 85-seat dining room, featuring plush leather banquettes. Plenty of natural light and night scenes shine through the almost floor-to-ceiling windows.

Rarest also spills out into the lobby of the Franklin with a separate 28-seat lounge he runs for the AKA group (Check out more on the lounge on HughE Dillon’s Chit Chat). Rarest is open for dinner Monday through Saturday. Look for brunch and lunch to follow.

Menu from the Friends-and-Family night.

Menu from a Friends-and-Family night.

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