Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stephen Starr

Restaurant notes: NYC chef taking Frederick's in Queen Village

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 2:36 PM
This one's far off and way under the radar, but I'll throw it out there: South Philly-bred chef Joey Campanaro -- who owns the little owl, Market Table, and Kenmare in New York -- is taking over the former Frederick's on Front Street in Queen Village (Google Mapped below). Among the partners listed... Read more

Opening: Bar Stella

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 1:06 PM
Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard Streets) is getting a bar next door, in the former pilates studio on the Second Street side. It opens Friday (5/7) and workers are in those furious final hours. Hence, the photo of the floor, a retro-looking marmoleum, because the rest of the joint... Read more

Photo and menu time: El Rey

Monday, April 19, 2010, 10:07 AM
Sunday (4/25) is the opening date for El Rey, Stephen Starr's casual Mexican diner at 2013 Chestnut St. Construction is just about finished on the dining room, but the back bar -- the Ranstead Room, with its -- is a work in progress. New York mixologist Sasha Petraske has devised a 1940s-'50s cocktail... Read more

Starr's Chris Painter getting his own restaurant

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 1:41 PM
Stephen Starr is partnering with his culinary director, Chris Painter, for a food-driven restaurant at Third and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village, previously Ansill and Judy's Cafe. The name: Il Pittore. (Go to your translator.) Painter says it will be Italian "from Tuscany north," with... Read more

First peek: El Rey

Friday, April 2, 2010, 2:45 PM
El Rey -- Stephen Starr's Mexican diner on the site of an old Greek diner at 2013 Chestnut St. -- is still on target for its April 25* opening. It's a work in progress. Designer Shawn Hausman maintained much of the "bones" of the former Midtown IV Diner. He's stripped out the middle row... Read more

Starr's next restaurant: El Rey

Friday, March 19, 2010, 11:15 AM
Stephen Starr's Mexican restaurant at 2013 Chestnut St. (see previous here) now has a name: El Rey. And a concept: Home-style cuisine from Puebla to Veracruz from chef Dionico Jimenez, formerly of Xochitl, in what Starr told me will be a gritty-looking roadside bar setting. (The Midtown IV, the... Read more

Pizzeria Stella to expand

Friday, February 19, 2010, 2:00 PM
Confirming details from last October: Pending city approval, Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella at Second and Lombard Streets will indeed expand next door, into the former Equilibrium Pilates studio. Starr says the adjoining space, opening in the summer, will allow 30 additional seats and have a bar... Read more

Restaurant opening updates

Friday, February 5, 2010, 2:21 PM
A few updates on restaurant projects hither and yon. Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean bar from Lolita/Bindi's Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at 110 S. 13th St. (next door to the new Zavino), should be open in late March. Construction is due to wrap by the end of this month, Safran says. Menu will be... Read more

A few restaurant notes

Friday, January 22, 2010, 2:54 PM
A "brewpub" coming to Liberty Place's food court? Not so. Insiders say that the only alcohol-based tenant negotiating a lease is Vintage Irving, the NYC wine bar I told you about last week. Stephen Starr says he is backing away from the name "Mexico City" for his Mexican concept... Read more

Starr plans pizzeria next to Parc

Sunday, January 10, 2010, 11:49 AM
Tucked into Inquirer critic Craig LaBan's three-bell review of Pizzeria Stella today was this note: "[Stephen] Starr has ... a New York-style pizza take-out/delivery nook planned soon beside Parc" (at 18th and Locust on Rittenhouse Square). He'll open it on the Locust Street side, where... Read more

Restaurant openings update

Friday, January 8, 2010, 11:42 AM
Here's a selected assortment of restaurant openings. (Wild card here is Stephen Starr, who seems to have some things, plural, up his sleeve besides the Mexican restaurant at 2013 Chestnut and besides the New York-style pizzeria takeout/delivery spot next to Parc.) First off, Du Jour's Commerce Square... Read more
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