Philadelphia’s Questlove and Stephen Starr are joining forces to open Hybird, a fried chicken, dumplings and cupcakes stand in New York’s Chelsea Market. Look for the kiosk to open in early May.Questlove has been toying with starting a food operation for a couple of years now, having fed drumsticks to gleeful Feastival eaters and Night Market VIPs. But now there’s something concrete and we have to wonder, can a Philadelphia location be far behind?We hope not.Hybird [Official Site]
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Can't tell you the last time that I stepped foot into Sansom Street's Roxy Theater, the cinema that once showed really cool movies but has more recently been carrying standard, first-run blockbuster fare (The Campaign and that new Clint Eastwood movie are currently playing there). But I still shed a figurative tear when word came down this afternoon that the Roxy is closing.According to John Ciccone, the Roxy's landlord (he also owns the neighboring Adrienne Theater), he has given current operator Bernard Neary until November 7th to vacate. "But I've asked him to vacate earlier and have given him conditions
Anyone serving wine or liquor in Pennsylvania has to buy their hooch from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. At my request, the PLCB has made its 2011 records for Philadelphia wine and spirits purchases available to the Philly Post.Here, a list of the top 100 buyers in Philadelphia based on total dollars paid to the PLCB in 2011. But what I really want to know is how do I get a membership to the Order of Owls (see No. 24) and what the heck is going on at the Tender Touch Lounge (No. 83)?Note: You can sort the list by clicking on the column headers.
The third annual Audi Feastival returned to Pier 9 on the Delaware River under the glow of the Ben Franklin Bridge last night. Hard to believe, but it was a bigger success than the year before, with nearly 950 people in attendance. After working out some of the kinks from last year—new layout, better venting—and being blessed with more seasonable weather, event organizers saw a crowd linger well past the 9 p.m. ending time. More than 85 restaurants served dishes to the hungry crowd; I was impressed how they were lined up, most of them next to their sister restaurant. For example, all of Stephen Starr's 21 restaurants were next to each other, putting me in Starr heaven. Feastival took in much-needed money for the annual Live Arts/Philly Fringe, which is going on right now and runs through September 22nd. Pictured: Richard Vague, board president of the festival, restaurateurs Stephen Starr, Audrey Claire Taichman, and Michael Solomonov, David Lipson, president of Metro Corp., and Nick Stuccio, producing director of Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe.
If you wanted to go see the new Spider-Man movie when it opened earlier this month, you had to travel about two miles from City Hall to see it on the big screen, because the Ritz is just too good for summer blockbusters, and because Center City doesn’t have a proper cineplex. We almost had one—once at 8th and Market, and once in Rittenhouse—but as you’ve probably heard, getting anything done in Philadelphia is a migraine-inducing prospect, building a 40,000-square-foot movie theater included.
Stephen Starr's digs are up for grabs if you've got a spare $2.5 million lying around. The Philly restaurateur has his 6,000-square-foot pad on the market. The Rittenhouse home boasts of three bedrooms and five bathrooms. Hold on while we do that math for a second—*carries the 1*. Yup, that's a lot of bathrooms. [Curbed]
A humble proposal
Sometime next month, Stephen Starr will officially open the doors on Route 6, a new seafood restaurant on North Broad Street. And when he does, the doors will officially close on an era in Philadelphia history.In August, Starr told Philly.com’s Michael Klein that the seafood place—his 21st restaurant in Philadelphia—would be his last in town, at least “for a while.” For hard-core Philly foodies, many of whom have viewed Starr as more a savvy showman than a serious restaurateur, the seeming completion of his Philadelphia Empire will likely be met with a shrug. But for the rest of us, those who have long enjoyed the show and all it helped make happen, the fact that there won’t be any more new Stephen Starr restaurants to love, hate or debate is at best bittersweet.
But will city officials listen?
This past Monday, the Inquirer’s Michael Klein posted a piece on his Insider blog under the headline “Stephen Starr has had enough of Philly.”A headline like that can get your attention.Klein reported that Starr will soon have 21 restaurants in the city and he’s been thinking it might just be time to start plunking down a few more of his first-class eateries in other cities, like maybe NYC and DC.Fair enough. The man’s done more than his share to boost our city’s rep and when one of our own charms a populace beyond our borders it makes us all look better in the mirror. We’re down.But wait.
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