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September 9, 2008
Inquirer: Craig LaBan's special guest today is Stephen Starr, the man behind many familiar Philadelphia restaurants, including Buddakan, Morimoto, Alma de Cuba, El Vez, The Continental, Barclay Prime, Pod and Tangerine. He's also expanded into New York and Atlantic City. Craig: Good afternoon, my hungry friends, and welcome back to our weekly chat on the Philly food beat. Today we have a special guest: Stephen Starr joins us from a remote computer located in the nerve center of the Starr Restaurant Empire at Second and Market.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2002 | By Wendy Tanaka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stephen Starr steps inside Morimoto, his new, neo-Japanese restaurant on Chestnut Street, and immediately notices that something is amiss. "I don't hear the water," Starr tells a hostess. "It's supposed to sound like a Japanese waterfall. " A few minutes later at his Havana-inspired Alma de Cuba on Walnut Street, Starr fixes his gaze on a photo of a handsome young Cuban man. "My high school picture," Starr jokes - but inside, he is upset. The picture is "too bright," he suggests, saying it stands out from the others on the wall.
NEWS
February 19, 2006 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chaos and construction surround Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr as he enters the shark-infested kitchens of Manhattan, where dining out is bigger than theater. Actually, it is theater, with sushi and cocktails. There are 24,600 food establishments in the naked city, and Starr has but two. Having saturated the Philadelphia market with 12 outposts and with little left to prove, Starr is set on making it here, beginning with remakes of two of his biggest Philadelphia hits, Buddakan and Morimoto.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2010 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Though it was a relatively modest opening by the company standards - just south of the million-dollar border - Stephen Starr's Mexican makeover for an old dive-diner (the Midtown IV) still bore unmistakable traces of El Conquistador's macho glitz. Dowdy formica counters and grotto-stone walls have been kitsched-up with lacquered Mexican movie posters, velvet Elvises, and bedazzle tiles. The old Naugahyde booths got a lowrider flourish with golden embroidery spelling out "El Rey. " Starr bragged with his usual "Philly's never seen anything like this before" bluster, touting the hideaway Ranstead Room cocktail lounge at the back of the building.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2010 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
My friend Ed Levine grabs a slice by its puffy outer lip, lifts it high over the table, and peers at its crusty underside with the knowing eyes of a mechanic looking under the hood of a tomato-red sports coupe. "Uh-huh . . . " he says softly, examining the margherita at Pizzeria Stella and starting to tick through his checklist. The "leoparding" is gorgeous, he says, indicating the perfect constellation of charry dots and heat blisters scattered across the crust. There's a nice rise to the edge, which inflates like a bike tire around the pie. And then there is the chew, a distinct yet delicate outer crisp, giving way to an inner tenderness that has just the right amount of salt and a roasty hint of wood smoke.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2000 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the University of Pennsylvania asked Stephen Starr to open a restaurant on campus, his natural response was: What kind of restaurant? Retro cocktail lounge, like his Continental? Pan-Asian, like his Buddakan? French bistro, like his Blue Angel? "Midnight at the oasis," like his Tangerine? "My initial thought was to do a family-style Italian restaurant," says Starr, who went to the Penn campus, quizzed passersby, and then asked his minions. They all laughed. Stephen Starr dishing out linguine?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
TOTAL HUNK Jake Gyllenhaal surprised moviegoers at the Rave Cinemas University City 6 (4012 Walnut St.) on Saturday during a screening of his new thriller, "Nightcrawler. " College students at the screening expected to see the movie (which is winning fab reviews across the board) but not the movie star, who lost 20 pounds off his already-fit frame to play Louis Bloom, an obsessive man who finds himself in the world of freelance Los Angeles crime journalism. Everyone at the screening freaked upon Gyllenhaal's arrival.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
NEW YORK - Just a few years ago, Philadelphia came into its own as a magnet for ambitious young chefs from around the country who sought their culinary fortunes in a city rich with restaurant opportunity. But the story line has now reversed, as Philadelphia's restaurant stars have begun exporting their brands, especially, at the moment, to Manhattan. These days, New Yorkers can find spicy dandan heaven at a Han Dynasty in the East Village. Or a Hickory Town breakfast sandwich at the new High Street on Hudson in the West Village.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
By this time, the Democrats have long come and gone, but Simon Powles, 51, chief executive of the Starr Catering Group, is still marveling at the sheer size and scope of the work his company handled for the Democratic National Convention. "This is the first time we've done something like this on this level," Powles said, sitting at a table at the CNN Grill during the convention. CNN rented the Victory Beer Hall within the Wells Fargo arena security area, rebranded it as the CNN Grill, and turned it into a pop-up restaurant and broadcast studio serving 800 meals a day, with catering and menu planning run by Starr Catering Group.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2003 | By Stephen Starr FOR THE INQUIRER
We could have asked a TV critic to review NBC's new "The Restaurant. " But we turned it over to a pro - Stephen Starr, who owns the chic restaurants Buddakan, Pod, Alma de Cuba, Morimoto, Tangerine, Jones and the Continental. For me, previewing NBC's newest "reality" show, The Restaurant, was a bit like how I imagine John McCain felt watching Apocalypse Now for the first time. My pulse quickened, my palms were sweaty, and I had flashbacks of my own combat missions - eight grueling restaurant openings.
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BUSINESS
August 7, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
By this time, the Democrats have long come and gone, but Simon Powles, 51, chief executive of the Starr Catering Group, is still marveling at the sheer size and scope of the work his company handled for the Democratic National Convention. "This is the first time we've done something like this on this level," Powles said, sitting at a table at the CNN Grill during the convention. CNN rented the Victory Beer Hall within the Wells Fargo arena security area, rebranded it as the CNN Grill, and turned it into a pop-up restaurant and broadcast studio serving 800 meals a day, with catering and menu planning run by Starr Catering Group.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
NEW YORK - Just a few years ago, Philadelphia came into its own as a magnet for ambitious young chefs from around the country who sought their culinary fortunes in a city rich with restaurant opportunity. But the story line has now reversed, as Philadelphia's restaurant stars have begun exporting their brands, especially, at the moment, to Manhattan. These days, New Yorkers can find spicy dandan heaven at a Han Dynasty in the East Village. Or a Hickory Town breakfast sandwich at the new High Street on Hudson in the West Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
TOTAL HUNK Jake Gyllenhaal surprised moviegoers at the Rave Cinemas University City 6 (4012 Walnut St.) on Saturday during a screening of his new thriller, "Nightcrawler. " College students at the screening expected to see the movie (which is winning fab reviews across the board) but not the movie star, who lost 20 pounds off his already-fit frame to play Louis Bloom, an obsessive man who finds himself in the world of freelance Los Angeles crime journalism. Everyone at the screening freaked upon Gyllenhaal's arrival.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three months ago, Stephen Starr gave patrons at 21 of his Philadelphia eateries the option of adding something extra to their bills to support one high school and two elementaries. Those tips amounted to more than $100,000. Tuesday, students and principals who will benefit from the public's largesse gathered at Jones, one of Starr's Center City restaurants, to thank him and his team for exceeding the campaign's goal and helping the schools afford multimedia labs, playground programs, and summer internships.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
BLAME Stephen Starr for Bob Saget 's comedy career. Abington High grad Saget yesterday released his autobiography, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian , including remembrances about his time living in Philadelphia. Saget was born here, moved to Norfolk, Va., then Encino, Calif., before returning to the Philly suburbs for high school and then college at Temple University. In the book, Saget says he didn't start thinking about becoming a comic until he moved back to Philly.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ONE OF Philadelphia's top restaurateurs is serving up aid for the financially distressed public schools. Stephen Starr and Superintendent William Hite yesterday announced a monthlong initiative at all 22 of Starr's Philly restaurants, hoping to raise $100,000. "It should not be in a major city that our children [who] go to public school do not have the tools to actually have a chance," Starr said during a news conference at Parc, his Parisian-style brasserie on Rittenhouse Square.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The situation struck the restaurateur Stephen Starr as "sad" - a big-city public school system where teachers had to go begging for basic supplies for their classrooms. So Starr, who started paying attention after Mayor Nutter recently implored businesses to come to the beleaguered Philadelphia School District's aid, jumped in. Those who dine in the next month at any of Starr's 21 restaurants in the city should be prepared for an up-sell - not to a pricier bottle of wine, but to donate to the district.
FOOD
January 10, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy, partners at Talula's Garden and Talula's Daily on Washington Square, are setting their next project in Fishtown. They are taking over a former warehouse at 1526-30 Frankford Ave., a few blocks north of his Frankford Hall and Fette Sau . The name and concept are not final, though Starr said it will have a garden and should open in the spring.   Bagels, 'round here The Philadelphia area has two new bagel shops opened by out-of-towners re-creating their hometown styles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2010 | By Dan Gross
CONGRATULATIONS to restaurateur Stephen Starr and wife January Bartle , owner of the Third Street Habit (153 N. 3rd) boutique, on the birth of their son, Julian , last week. It's the first child for Bartle, 34; Starr, 56, has children from a previous marriage. Starr and Bartle were married last November at his Barclay Prime restaurant. "Jersey Shore" hellcat Jenni "JWoww" Farley hosts a Halloween-costume contest party Saturday night at Dusk at Caesars Atlantic City. JWoww, who likes to wear nearly nothing when she goes to the club, will help judge the contest, which will feature cash prizes totaling $5,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2010
I'M KICKING myself because I messed around and didn't purchase tickets for this year's Epicurean Palette at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. It's a dang shame, since this is an orgy of food and wine the likes of which we don't see all that often around here. This would have been the year to go, too, since Kevin Sbraga will be finishing up his last weekend there as executive chef of Rat's Restaurant, which is a participant. Sbraga, who last week won Bravo's "Top Chef," is leaving Rat's Sunday to realize his dream of opening his own restaurant.
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