Aimee Olexy will bring the Talula’s Table experience to Stephen Starr’s Washington Square - the gorgeous indoor-outdoor restaurant that’s been closed to the public for three years - for a limited three-night run beginning June 29. It’s the first in a series of “pop-up” restaurants Starr has planned for the space this summer. Each night, seating will be limited to 90, which is a gaggle compared to the eight to 12 guests that Talula’s hosts nightly. “I love it out here; it’s my home,” Olexy told Grub Street about her temporary move to Philly. “But I miss the city like crazy.”
The limited engagement is the result of numerous conversations between Starr and Olexy about possible collaborations that took place over several months. “Then last week Stephen called and asked if I wanted to do this,” Olexy explained. “I said sure and we’ve just been going with it from there. I wanted to keep it in a short time frame to avoid the possibility of over thinking it too much.”
Over the next two weeks Olexy, an admitted adrenaline freak, will train staff gathered from Starr’s restaurants and appoint the space to resemble her Kennett Square restaurant, which remains one of the country’s most difficult reservations to secure.
Like Talula’s, the menu at the pop-up dinners (click here to see it) will showcase what Olexy calls “hyper-seasonal” ingredients sourced directly from area farmers. Unlike Talula’s, it will be entirely a la carte. Prices will range from $10 to $20 for appetizers, and $20 to $29 for entrees. Sommelier Brian Freedman was chosen to assemble the wine list, which will consist of a dozen selections from small artisan producers. “At Talula’s our motto has always been ‘seasonal, local, and creative’ and these dinners are an extension of that - very limited, very temporary and very special,” Olexy said. “That’s why this project is perfect for us.”
Call (215) 592-7787 to make reservations.