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Stephen Starr and Todd Carmichael Think Philly Is Cooler Than Ever Before

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Two of the country’s most prolific food and beverage moguls, Stephen Starr (Starr Restaurants) and Todd Carmichael (La Colombe), took the ThinkFest stage yesterday to discuss Philly’s culture […]

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Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy’s The Love Is Finally Open

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr’s The Love has its soft opening tonight. Their latest collaboration, named for what Olexy calls “the most important ingredient,” has […]

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ThinkFest Preview: The State of Culture and Cool in Philadelphia

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

“New York’s most vibrant neighborhood at the moment is Philadelphia.” That’s an actual line in some indie Pierce Brosnan film that came out a few […]

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Snack on Scorpion Tacos at El Rey Next Week

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

El Rey is taking advantage of the American tradition of doing spooky stuff on Halloween and serving up a menu of Mexican dishes featuring proteins that are, let’s say, uncommon here in the States next week. Starting Monday, October 30th and continuing through Halloween week, chef Dionicio Jiminez is offering an a la carte menu…

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

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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 record keeping laws after a former employee filed a complaint alleging that he and other staffers had been made to work off the clock. Today, Washington Square Restaurant Partners — the…

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

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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, chopping, and other tasks in the kitchen and dining room that must be done for a successful night’s service — off the clock, hours before their paid shift officially starts.…

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

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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 — decades ago. Now, he’s a James Beard award-winning restaurateur, teaming up with some of the most talented culinary stars in the world, opening chef-driven restaurants across the globe.) But Aimee Olexy, his business…

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Peter Serpico’s Impending Korean Restaurant Has Been Called Off

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Peter Serpico in front of his restaurant, Serpico — Facebook

The last we heardPeter Serpico and Stephen Starr’s latest joint-project — a Korean restaurant that would replace Il Pittore — was “under construction.”

And while a restaurant will surely fill the space eventually, Serpico’s Korean restaurant has been nixed from the docket — at least at the 2025 Sansom Street space.

In a phone conversation today, Starr told Philly Mag, “At the end of the day the space wasn’t right. We needed a space that was larger to put the grills in. We are looking for another space now that ...

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Stephen Starr Will Partner With New York Chef To Bring St. Anselm to DC

Source: Washingtonian Food

Le Diplomate owner Stephen Starr is partnering with New York chef Joe Carroll to bring Brooklyn steakhouse St. Anselm to Union Market early next year. While, yes, it’s yet another steakhouse in a city awash with them, the Williamsburg location, created by Carroll, features much more than beef on the grill. You’ll also find fresh sardines, artichoke hearts, monster […]

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Stephen Starr Will Open a Steakhouse Near Union Market

Source: Washingtonian Food

Stephen Starr, the Philadelphia restaurateur behind Le Diplomate, is preparing for his DC sequel. His next restaurant will serve “steakhouse cuisine” near Union Market, according to a liquor license notice. An LLC registered by Starr is listed on the notice for 1250-1274 5th St., NE. It says the restaurant will have 150 seats plus a 20-seat patio. A publicist […]

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WATCH: Stephen Starr Talks Restaurants With Charlie Rose

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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 serial restaurateur with 32 restaurants (and counting) up and down the East Coast.

His interview includes some pretty fascinating stories from his humble Philadelphia beginnings and how he channeled Muhammad Ali’s on-stage bravado in a New York Post interview so he could make the splash he made in New York City (“I wasn’t serious about it, but I was trying to shake things up.”). He even revealed the secret-sauce he used — and continues to use — to build his empire (hint: ...

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

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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 ever made the cut, but for whatever reason, this year, they took notice of our city’s BYOBs, tiny bakeries, taquerias, and the women who make our scene so great.

A month later, the finalists were announced. That list was less surprising but still exciting. Our biggest deal restaurant group (CookNSolo) got a lot of attention: Michael Solomonov was up for Outstanding Chef, Zahav for Outstanding Service, and pastry chef Camille Cogswell for Rising Star Chef ...

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

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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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 that button. The other one. And also maybe what Stephen Starr had to do with the Fyre Festival (nothing) or how to get into the artisanal candy business (hint: you’ll need a briefcase and a bicycle).

Well don’t worry. We’ve got all the answers for you right here. But this week, let’s begin with an opening for what some people (not me) are calling the greatest job in the world: Michelin ...

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

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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 tech tycoon Billy McFarland set out to host an ultra-high-end, VIPs-only music festival on the Islands of the Exumas. It came with its own video starring Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski. People who bought tickets to the festival were promised “first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere”, which meant everything from chartered yachts to morning yoga to food catering by Starr Events. But when guests arrived on Thursday, they were met with, as the New ...

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What’s New, Stephen Starr?

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

(AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

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 City, he’s opening restaurants in France — at this point in his career, he’s outgrown whispers. But lately, his name keeps popping up, what with two new restaurants opening in Rittenhouse Square and another rumored to open in the old Cosi space at 15th and Locust. So Foobooz decided it was time to check in with our city’s celebrity restaurateur to see how his Philly empire’s shaping up in 2017.

First things first: Starr will not be opening at ...

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James Beard Finally Acknowledges Philly’s Little Guys for its 2017 Semifinalists List

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Essen Bakery (Outstanding Baker semifinalist) – Facebook

The almighty James Beard Awards Committee rarely ever left its comfort-zone when it came down to Philadelphia restaurants. Year after year, it was always Philly’s ultra-notable restaurants and chef names that made the cut — Zahav, Vedge, Vernick, Fork; Vetri, Starr, Solomonov — with the occasional nod to any Philly talent considered under-the-radar on the national scale, e.g. Joe CicalaKonstantinos PitsillidesAndre Chin and Amanda Eap (Artisan Boulanger Patissier). That’s not to say those big-name nominations weren’t deserved — they absolutely were — it’s just that there’s so ...

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Stephen Starr Still Has Plans For Philly

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Stephen Starr

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 Rose) got named as the best restaurant of 2016 by Pete Wells. And he currently has 33 restaurants up and running in Philly and elsewhere.

And in this month’s Vanity Fair, he gets a big interview in which he talks about his sudden success, getting fired from his first DJ job, his fear of heights and, most important to us here at Foobooz World HQ, his future plans for restaurants ...

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Stephen Starr Restaurant in NYC Tops New York Times List

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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 American Kitchen & Bar and Señor Frog’s, put Starr’s Le Coucou at number one on his Top New York Restaurants of 2016 list.

“The genius of this project from the chef Daniel Rose and the restaurateur Stephen Starr is that it gives us almost everything we loved about New York’s old-line French restaurants without the things we didn’t,” Wells writes. “The dining room isn’t stuffy, the service isn’t snooty, and ...

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Stephen Starr Goes International

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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 a project in NYC with chef Daniel Rose–a collaboration between the two that involved the opening of a very French restaurant in New York (which turned out to be Le Coucou and opened over the summer) and some other “unnamed French restaurant” that might (or might not) be opening in New York a few months later.

Well, as things turned out, the timeframe was more or less right, but the location? Not so ...

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

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Trump photo by Gage Skidmore (license)

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, José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian, pulled out of the under-construction hotel after Trump announced his campaign last year by saying immigrants from Mexico are rapists and drug dealers. (“Some, I assume, are good people,” he added.)

The Trump Organization is now in litigation with Andrés and Zakarian. But it was also left scrambling to fill the restaurant space in time for the hotel’s grand opening. Trump’s team ...

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D.C.’s Next Generation of Diners Grapple With the Public’s Expectations

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Hash browns or home fries?

Restaurateur Paul Ruppert posed the question to the public in an online survey as he planned his newest Petworth eatery, Slim’s Diner. More than 800 people chimed in.

People have a lot of opinions about diners.

Hash browns won three to one. But at the end of the day, there’s good news for each camp: “I think we’re going to do both,” Ruppert says.

Ruppert’s public survey also asked neighbors about their favorite diners and favorite diner dishes. Answers were all over the map, but everyone seemed to agree on one thing: They didn’t ...

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Starr CFO Bruce Koch Passes Away

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Bruce Koch, 60, Starr CFO

Starr Restaurants Chief Financial Officer Bruce Koch died Tuesday, January 26th after suffering a stroke on Saturday. Koch was 60 years-old.

In addition to being the CFO of Stephen Starr’s restaurant organization, Koch was known for his love of music, juggling being involved in two bands with overseeing the finances of the restaurant empire.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, at 1 p.m. at the Germantown Friends Meetinghouse, 47 West Coulter Street. Details regarding a musical tribute will be announced later.

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