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Philly Restaurant Mogul Opens Another One, A Brit Gastro-Pub

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A successful Philadelphia-based restaurateur has opened his 24th restaurant, this one near Rittenhouse Square.

Stephen Starr’s newest restaurant is called The Dandelion.

“We searched for a name,” Starr recalls.  “Many of them sounded countrived.  I liked the name Dandelion.  It sort of refers back to the Rolling Stones song ‘Dandelion.’  It’s from the ’60s.”

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Starr says he was inspired by the location, at the corner of 18th and Sansom Streets, in center city.

“I saw the corner — a real estate person called me and I went in and I saw that it was (once) a house.  I didn’t realize that because it was a shoe store and then a restaurant called Mantra.  But then I went upstairs and it was an old house!  And I said, ‘What an incredible thing, we could make this like an old style pub!’ ”

It took Starr nine months to open The Dandelion from the initial idea to opening day.

“It’s a gastro pub with a British influence and the food, because our chef is from England, has sort of that aesthetic of British cuisine — but not 100 percent,” Starr told KYW Newsradio.

He admits that he and his team seem to be opening restaurants faster and faster.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060.


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