11/17/2012 02:52:00 PM
Stephen Starr Talks Serpico, Divine Lorraine Project at James Beard Gala
-Serpico, the "straightforward, simplistic American" concept coming to South Philly from Momofuku Ko's Peter Serpico probably won't be opening until around January. From the sound of it, construction is the hold-up. Serpico, though, is busy coming up with his menu, which promises to be both weird and wonderful.
"I have many more failures than I do successes," Serpico says, but has expressed particular excitement over a Japanese-style steamed egg custard with crumbled chicken and and shrimp and Idaho potato "pebbles," a quirky take off chawanmushi, and a duck hotdog ("but it's not really a hot dog at all...I'm just calling it that") that's sprinkled with Activa (i.e., "meat glue") and paired with avocado, mayo, charred and pickled jalepeños and parmesan. South Philly, known more for its dive-y bars and cheesesteak offerings, is in for a surprise. We can't wait.
-You know the buzz - which was quickly shot down by Starr - about that potential restaurant in The Divine Lorraine? That may not be a closed case. Apparently the developers are "interested" in having him come on board and they're currently "talking about it," according to Starr. Either way, I'll just be excited for when you're able to walk through the beautiful, venerable building without worrying about a brick falling on our head.
-Word is there is going to be a Starr hotel in Philadelphia, right up the street from his Fishtown beer mecca Frankford Hall. Details are hazy, but keep an eye out for any new developments.