Back in August Grub reported that Walnut Street mainstay, Portofino, was temporarily closed for renovations while the owners were vacationing. Turns out that wasn’t entirely true. Said renovations were extensive. The entire operation has been completely re-conceptualized. And next week — the owners say they are shooting for December 28 — it will reopen as the Walnut Street Supper Club, a retro style haunt with entertainment nightly provided by a team of waiters, waitresses, bartenders, hostesses and bus boys performing standards from the American Songbook. According to prepared statement, it took partners James McManaman and Portofino owner Ralph Berarducci two months to staff the place.
Drawing on Portofino’s 38 year reputation as a Center City institution for Italian food, Chef Anthony Mignona has drawn up a menu that boasts homemade pasta dishes and steaks, chops and seafood, too. Keeping the harsh realities of current economic conditions in mind, the menu is priced to be affordable with dishes in the range of $17 to $22.
Walnut Street Supper Club, 1227 Walnut Street, (215) 923-8208
Earlier: Portofino Closes For Renovations