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.