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Momofuku's Serpico opening here with Starr

To South Street!

Momofuku's Serpico opening here with Starr

The storefront at 604 South St. destined to become a Starr restaurant.  PHILLY.COM
The storefront at 604 South St. destined to become a Starr restaurant. PHILLY.COM

Momofuku for you!

In his fall dining preview, The Inquirer's Craig LaBan drops the nugget that Peter Serpico, opening chef at David Chang's East Village darling Ko, is working with Stephen Starr on an edgy/sophisticated restaurant. Starr tells LaBan that the location is 604 South St., most recently a shoe store.

Serpico, 30, a former top lieutenant in Chang's Momofuku empire, is working out of a kitchen at Barclay Prime on Rittenhouse Square.

The recently engaged Serpico said he left NYC to experience Philly's low-key vibe. Opening is pegged to December, which will follow the opening of Starr's Brooklyn-imported Fette Sau in Fishtown.

There will be a reservation system that I guarantee no one will like.

See LaBan's report here.

Starr told me that the spot stirred the nostalgist in him. See, 604 South is next door to what was Ripley Music Hall, the cabaret that Starr operated in the 1980s in his pre-restaurant life as a music and entertainment promoter. 

"It was a great time," Starr said of the old South Street, where he also previously had a club called Stars at Second and Bainbridge Streets. "Back then, it was full of young people excited about food and entertainment.

"I love what it was and what it could be."

Starr said he took Serpico all over town - Rittenhouse Square, Walnut Street, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Old City, "but he felt the magnetism of South Street. He liked the way it felt there."

Michael Klein Philly.com
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