Genji, the Japanese spots, employ 1,400 people, including sushi chefs, working behind counters inside about 250 Whole Foods stores in 19 states.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten on the top floor, in the hotel, and hometown hero Greg Vernick on street level at 18th and Arch.
At least 40 restaurant/bars will open in the next several months in the Philadelphia area.
Monday's dinner was the finale of the "Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers" program, designed to bring communities together through food.
The annual Association of Food Journalists conference took place in Philadelphia last week, bringing dozens of food writers to town.
The opening at 18th and Sansom Streets further expands Starr's holdings in the neighborhood.
"We're trying to bring a little South Philly up here," says Paul Reitenouer, who owns the shop with his wife, Paula.
Early birds at the company's new Lebanon County site get access to food and water immediately, more humane than the "bigger, faster, and cheaper" way. Says the owner: "If you're the first chick that hatches, you're really hungry."
Because there are logistical limits to how much land a winery can manage, estate wines are never mass-market wines.
One place Eagles fans weren't welcome for Sunday's game: Big Charlie's Saloon, the curiosity that is a diehard Kansas City Chiefs bar in the heart of South Philadelphia.
"Many of you have become like 'family' just like the TV show 'Cheers,'" says a notice on the door.
Pennsylvania restaurateurs are upset by new PLCB rules for wines that are not carried by stores. Under the new process, they will have to pay up-front for products that it will take them longer to get, and they won't be able to inspect when they pick it up.
The one-nighter will be Oct. 9.
Stock has created its own version of Kao Soi, a traditional Northern Thai meal.