Connoisseur: Sydney Grims’ Favorite Things

A peek into the life of the rising Philly dining-scene star.

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Director of business development for Fearless Restaurants, managing partner of Louie Louie, and overall rising Philly dining-scene star, Sydney Grims. | Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

As director of business development for her family’s Fearless Restaurants, Sydney Grims is a rising Philly dining-scene star — the one behind the pop-y rebrand of the Deck Philly and the opening of much-anticipated bistro Louie Louie.

Here, all the stuff she can’t live without:

Favorite Things

Jewelry: Custom rings from Eastern Lapidary in Newtown Square. “They were made from my great-grandfather’s diamond tuxedo buttons.”
Makeup essential: Rouge Coco lipstick by Chanel. “It’s my work staple. I love a classic red lip. It has a way of elevating a look instantly.”

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L: Rouge Coco lipstick by Chanel | R: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

Currently reading: The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker.
On my playlist: The Talking Heads. “Every time I play them, I picture myself at the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, dancing until 4 a.m.”
Biggest obsession: Louie Louie in University City. “Our team has done a tremendous job with everything. I want to make sure that we stay consistent and every guest is happy.”

At Home

Hair salon: Artur Kirsch in Manayunk. “I don’t trust anyone else with my hair.”
On my shopping list: Oatly, at Wegmans. “It’s this amazing non-dairy oat milk that I serve at all of our restaurants.”
Collectible: Helen Levi ceramics. “I have one of her vases on my desk, and I’ve used her for votive candles in the new restaurant. Her work is so colorful and unique.”

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Ceramics photo courtesy of Batterby House

Favorite indulgence: Five Guys in Wayne. “I get a double cheeseburger with extra pickles.”
People I admire: “My dad has an insane vision and ambition to succeed. He’s the most resilient person I know. My mom taught me how to work hard every day.”

On The Go

Mode of transportation: 1969 Wisteria Pink Cadillac. “It was my Mom Mom’s car that she left to me. In high school, I would throw on her fluffy white fox coat and head to Nifty Fifty’s on Friday nights.”
Best way to work out: SoulCycle in Ardmore. “Nick Turk’s class is my go-to every Monday.”

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Kin in Washington Square West

Beloved boutique: Kin in Washington Square West. “You could go to Zara and buy something cheaper, or you could support a local shop that has great energy and stunning clothes.”
Place for gifts: The Little House Shop in Wayne. “I give Simon Pearce glassware as gifts. My mom always collected it, and now I do, too.”

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Napa, California | Photograph courtesy of iStock

Next vacation: Napa, California. “I’m heading up the coast to Napa for my best friend’s wedding and a trip to the French Laundry restaurant.”

Published as “Sydney Grims” in the September 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.