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Old 12-06-2015, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Center City
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New on Walnut: Warby Parker getting a visible Center City presence
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:40 PM
 
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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New Additions on Market West Making Progress, Including 1700 Market - Property

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Old 12-07-2015, 09:19 PM
 
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It's going where Le Bec Fin used to be. I'm a bit surprised that some folks on this thread are thrilled about this store but seem to have forgotten, or never knew, the culinary history of that space.
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:37 AM
 
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It's going where Le Bec Fin used to be. I'm a bit surprised that some folks on this thread are thrilled about this store but seem to have forgotten, or never knew, the culinary history of that space.
Its very exciting because Warby Parker locations have been known to be extremely popular, the one in SoHo is like walking into the Trader Joes in Center City. If the Walnut Store generates half that amount of people it would be a huge plus for Walnut.

Le Bec Fin was a legendary experience in Philadelphia and it is a shame the other recent restaurant didn't make it, but I say embrace the positive change. Nothing lasts forever.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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Its very exciting because Warby Parker locations have been known to be extremely popular, the one in SoHo is like walking into the Trader Joes in Center City. If the Walnut Store generates half that amount of people it would be a huge plus for Walnut.

Le Bec Fin was a legendary experience in Philadelphia and it is a shame the other recent restaurant didn't make it, but I say embrace the positive change. Nothing lasts forever.
Oh, I'm all for embracing positive change! But soon few will remember Perrier and how he, and a few others back in the late 60s/70s, caused a food revolution in the city. We pretty much take for granted today that Philadelphia is a food and restaurant town. That was not always the case.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:03 AM
 
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Oh, I'm all for embracing positive change! But soon few will remember Perrier and how he, and a few others back in the late 60s/70s, caused a food revolution in the city. We pretty much take for granted today that Philadelphia is a food and restaurant town. That was not always the case.
I've read a lot on the history of Le Bec Fin and Georges Perrier. Very interesting story, which unfortunately hardly anyone I know has any knowledge of unless they are from the area.

After reading several articles though, a lot of people are very bitter about WP opening in that space. While the space is rich in history, times change, and those who cannot accept the "newer" Philadelphia will just become more bitter with time. (not you)
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:39 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Oh, I'm all for embracing positive change! But soon few will remember Perrier and how he, and a few others back in the late 60s/70s, caused a food revolution in the city. We pretty much take for granted today that Philadelphia is a food and restaurant town. That was not always the case.
That's an understatement. The majority of posters don't understand that Philadelphia used to have a reputation for wretched dining choices. I think that there were 3 choices for a better dining experience, & two were Bookbinders. Old Original Bookbinders was owned by John Taxin (sp?) & Bookbinders on 15th St was owned by the Bookbinder family.
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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I've read a lot on the history of Le Bec Fin and Georges Perrier. Very interesting story, which unfortunately hardly anyone I know has any knowledge of unless they are from the area.

After reading several articles though, a lot of people are very bitter about WP opening in that space. While the space is rich in history, times change, and those who cannot accept the "newer" Philadelphia will just become more bitter with time. (not you)
Clash of generations, I suppose. I'm not bitter about it but :

I'm not sure you are understanding the negative sentiment. One of the crucial reasons Center City revived the way it has is because of courageous people like Perrier, Steve Poses and Weaver Lilly who essentially built our local restaurant "industry" from the ground up. Graces, Vetri, Starrs.... they are standing on the shoulders of these people whether they publically acknowledge it. Who remembers Neil Stein who pretty much defied the "rules" wrt outside dining when he had the ..... to put tables on the sidewalk in front of Rouge? Probably the first restaurant to do that in CC.

But once again it just shows how it's okay to just "discard" people and events because it's no longer cool or suits whatever trend going on at the moment.

Funny how France awarded the Legion of Honor to Perrier(even though his primary career was in the United States) when it's never occurred to anyone locally to give him the Philadelphia Award something he richly deserves,IMO.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: East Aurora, NY
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Clash of generations, I suppose. I'm not bitter about it but :

I'm not sure you are understanding the negative sentiment. One of the crucial reasons Center City revived the way it has is because of courageous people like Perrier, Steve Poses and Weaver Lilly who essentially built our local restaurant "industry" from the ground up. Graces, Vetri, Starrs.... they are standing on the shoulders of these people whether they publically acknowledge it. Who remembers Neil Stein who pretty much defied the "rules" wrt outside dining when he had the ..... to put tables on the sidewalk in front of Rouge? Probably the first restaurant to do that in CC.

But once again it just shows how it's okay to just "discard" people and events because it's no longer cool or suits whatever trend going on at the moment.

Funny how France awarded the Legion of Honor to Perrier(even though his primary career was in the United States) when it's never occurred to anyone locally to give him the Philadelphia Award something he richly deserves,IMO.

What makes you think the newer Chef's don't acknowledge Perrier?


Just this summer Vetri and Perrier did a pop up dinner: Marc Vetri and Georges Perrier delight at pop-up dinner


Last month a documentary about Perrier was announced: ‘King Georges’ Documentary Acquired By Sundance Selects | Deadline


Perrier was asked to help a local restaurant after they lost their head Chef: Georges Perrier agrees to help beleaguered restaurant Crow & the Pitcher - philly-archives


Last year a bunch of the current chefs held a Perrier tribute dinner: This Georges Perrier Tribute Dinner Features Two Top Chef Winners, NBD - Eater Philly
Even the name of a pop up beer gard - Le Bok Fin - refers to the legacy. It doesn't seem like he is being discarded to me.
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