Musical chairs for caterers

The institutional catering biz is town has been moving around a bit.

In a nutshell:

  • Restaurant Associates got booted from the Art Museum, landed the gig at the Penn Museum, and is now getting help at the Kimmel Center from Wolfgang Puck.
  • Starr Events snapped up the catering and sitdown biz at the Art Museum.
  • Museum Catering was ousted from the Penn Museum.

Be advised that on Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Penn Museum at 33d and South Streets will roll out the renovated Pepper Mill Cafe, open to the general public with no museum admission. It's casual, with most entrees under $7. Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, 8:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends. On the first Wednesday of the month, it's open till 7:30 p.m. with light supper; all other Wednesdays it's open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (No special hours that I know of for full moons or bank holidays.)

Starr opened Granite Hill in what was known as the Museum Restaurant. The French themer is open for lunch Tuesdays-Sundays and dinner Fridays. Sunday brunch starts Oct. 3.

As previously reported, Wolfgang Puck is coming to work on catering at the Kimmel and to open a restaurant where its gift shop is.

Also worth noting: Ben’s Bistro, the cafeteria-style restaurant operated by Frog Commissary at the Franklin Institute, will close Tuesday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 17 for the first phase of renovations. It will reopen for weekend visitors and close again on Monday, Sept. 20 while renovations continue on and off through mid-October. When renovations are complete, the restaurant will have a new name.