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Stephen Starr


Starr and Olexy: We Only Paid to Make Wage Case Go Away

Yesterday, Foobooz reported that a yearlong U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that Talula’s Garden, Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy’s farm-to-table eatery, had violated minimum wage, overtime, and […]


Talula’s Garden Must Pay Nearly $400K for Labor Violations

It’s one of the dark secrets of the restaurant industry that cooks and other staffers are often made to do prep work — the peeling, […]


Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy Are Bringing The Love to Rittenhouse This Fall

When Stephen Starr began building his empire, he did so with concept restaurants: martini bars, Asian-fusion buddha shrines, soul food diners, and conveyor belt sushi restaurants. (That was then […]


Peter Serpico’s Rittenhouse Korean Restaurant Has Been Called Off

The last we heard, Peter Serpico and Stephen Starr’s latest joint-project — a Korean restaurant that would replace Il Pittore — was “under construction.” And while a […]


WATCH: Stephen Starr Talks Restaurants With Charlie Rose

Stephen Starr, now (and finally) a James Beard Award recipient for Outstanding Restaurateur, appeared on Charlie Rose this week to talk about his illustrious career as a […]


It Was Philly’s Year at the 2017 James Beard Awards

It was all fun and games when the James Beard Foundation announced Philadelphia’s semifinalists back in February. In previous years, only our industry’s biggest names […]


Monday Morning TL;DR: Just Another Story About a Vegan Strip Club

Happy Monday, everyone? If you’ve found yourself here yet again, that means you’re wondering what that special button on Donald Trump‘s desk does. No, not […]


Fyre Festival’s Food Fiasco Is Not Stephen Starr’s Fault

At this point, you’re probably well aware of the Fyre Festival disaster unfolding in the Bahamas. The short and sweet of it: rapper Ja Rule and […]


What’s New, Stephen Starr?

It’s been a while since we’ve heard Stephen Starr’s name being whispered in Philly. He’s got the number one restaurant in all of New York […]


James Beard Finally Acknowledges Philly’s Little Guys (and Gals) for its 2017 Semifinalists List

This story has been updated. The almighty James Beard Awards Committee rarely ever left its comfort-zone when it came down to Philadelphia restaurants. Year after year, it […]


Stephen Starr Still Has Plans For Philly

Stephen Starr is having a big year. There was the surprise Paris restaurant opening. Le Coucou (the New York restaurant he’s doing with partner Daniel […]

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Stephen Starr Is Having a Big, Big Moment

When you get your new issue of Vanity Fair in the mail with actor-hunk Chris Pratt posing shirtless on the cover, you may be surprised […]

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Stephen Starr Restaurant in NYC Tops New York Times List

Stephen Starr landed a major restaurant plaudit in the New York Times today. Well-respected critic Pete Wells, famed for his scathing reviews of Guy Fieri’s […]


Stephen Starr Goes International

A while back, while chatting with Peter Serpico about his future plans with boss Stephen Starr, he told us that Starr was totally focused on […]

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Stephen Starr Turned Down Offer to Open Restaurant in D.C. Trump Hotel

There’s a good story by Jessica Sidman in Washingtonian magazine about how Donald Trump lost the restaurants in his new Washington, D.C., hotel. Two restaurateurs, […]