Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Open winner Rose celebrates in West Conshohocken

He tries to visit his favorite restaurant, but it's closed.

Open winner Rose celebrates in West Conshohocken

Restaurateur Kim Strengari and Justin Rose and his wife, Kate.<br />
Restaurateur Kim Strengari and Justin Rose and his wife, Kate.

Golfer Justin Rose kept to his word on Sunday.

During play of the final round of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion, his people called Stella Blu in Conshohocken to secure a table for later in the evening.

Rose had been dining there all week while in town.

But Stella Blu is closed on Sundays, so the Rose party was steered to Kim Strengari and Marianne Gere's other nearby restaurant, Gypsy Saloon, in West Conshohocken.

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Rose, with his trophy, arrived in a party of six just before midnight.

Joining him were his wife, Kate, and people from his sports management team, Excel Sports.

"Justin Rose was so humble and gracious," says Strengari. "A real class act!"

Strengari and Gere sent over a bottle of champagne, as did another customer. They stayed until 2 a.m.

Strengari says Rose told her that he loves Philadelphia, the hospitality and the course, and wants to come back to see more of the city.


Photo: Kim Strengari (left), with Justin Rose and his wife, Kate

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