Sunday, February 14, 2016

Garces Trading Company to open next week

The cafe-slash-wine shop will have an on-site bakery, charcuterie, even flowers.

Garces Trading Company to open next week


Next Tuesday (2/16) will mark the opening day of Garces Trading Company, Jose Garces' gourmet market/cafe created in an association with the Liquor Control Board, at the Western Union Building (1111 Locust St., 215-574-1099).

GTC, which is set up like a market, will sell house-made and imported foods under the Garces Trading Company label, plus Garces-branded cuisine (including private-label coffee, olive oils, and vinegars) for eat-in or take-out.

Flowers, too.

GTC will include the state's first wine boutique, as the state will lease a percentage of the restaurant’s space to sell a selection of more than 200 red, white and sparkling wines, especially from Spain, France and Italy, and spirits.

You can order to-go at the counter, or sit in the center seating section and order from a waiter.

Euro-style lunch and dinner dining choices -- for eat-in and to-go, most $18 and under -- will include variety of pastas such as pappardelle with lamb ragu, sun choke puree and piavecchio and Tuscan fusilli alla carbonara with guanciale, eggs, black pepper and pecorino; thin crust and deep-dish, Chicago-style pizzas; and daily changing plats du jour such as coq au vin with pearl onions, mushrooms and potatoes on Mondays, and bouillabaisse with gambas, halibut, mussels, cockles and saffron ruille on Thursdays.

Other details:

  • High ceilings, high-top butcher-block tables, white subway-tiled walls; design by Garces' collaborator Jun Aizaki.
  • A cheese shop with free samples and cheese complements from Amada, including garlic dulce de leche and fig and cherry marmalade
  • A variety of imported single estate vinegars and olive oils from Spain, Italy, and Greece.
  • House-cured and imported charcuterie.
  • Sandwiches served on house-baked bread
  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Full service cafe: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Wine shop: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.


Staff Writer
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

Michael Klein Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter