Starr Does It All, The Crowd Goes Wild

Stephen Starr is at it again. (Or rather, he’s never stopped; satisfaction for the Starr beast is as foreign to him as a bidet is to a NASCAR fan.) One of his latest endeavors is his pop-up restaurant series, where he’ll be taking restaurants from out of town and transplanting them into Philly for a limited time. First up is Talula’s Table, located in Kennett Square. Talula’s Table is a gourmet market by day and a “farmtable” restaurant by night. They serve food that sounds like this: eggplant soup with purple haze, chicken, sausage, mustard and oozy cheese, creamy risotto, juicy beef, and cave-aged cheddar (full Philly menu here). The catch: They only serve one party (8-12 people) a night and you have to reserve the whole table one year in advance. And you have to be the first caller of the day in order to even make the reservation. So it’s no wonder the Table’s limited engagement in Philly sold out in less than two days. Don’t worry, the next pop-up restaurant should be announced soon.

Talula’s Table in Washington Square, 210 West Washington Square, June 29, June 30, July 1, 215-592-7787

And then, Starr’s other latest endeavor: The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum chose STARR Restaurants Catering Group to revamp its restaurants and cafes. The group’s first move is introducing a new menu at the Museum cafe on Aug. 1, inspired by the Late Renoir exhibit (through Sept. 6). Meanwhile, the Museum Restaurant will close for several weeks while the foodies over at STARR figure out a new way to stun our taste buds.

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