1/30/2012 01:12:00 PM

Stephen Starr Returning to Philly With Two Openings

Looks like Stephen Starr won’t let the Philadelphia dining scene rest, as he publicly announced last year, proclaiming that 20 restaurants in one city was enough and that his future openings would be elsewhere. (He just launched his third in NYC, the Jim Burke helmed Caffe Storico, and has plans to open in Washington, DC).

Now comes news - from two different interviews - that Starr may actually open two new eateries in our city this year. The local restaurant mogul tells Eater Philly that his beloved turn-of-the-millennium French bistro Blue Angel will be reborn at Seventh and Chestnut. He credits the success of the original to the management skills of Aimee Olexy, who eventually left to open BYO Django and then Kennett Square’s Talula’s Table. Now that she is back in the SRO fold (at Talula’s Garden, where the two are partners), Starr will tap her vivacious personality to breathe new life into the space once again. 

Over on Foobooz, Starr lets drop that he is planning an unknown concept for the space that housed Tangerine, the Moroccan concept in Old City that shuttered in 2009. The organization has been using 232 Market Street for catered events, even hosting several chef-collab pop-up dinners there last year, but that is now scheduled to cease operation by June. What concept would you like to see fill the void?


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