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Foodie alert: New restaurant ‘pops up’

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

One of Philadelphia’s most prominent restaurant owners is inviting a small country kitchen with a national reputation to take over a downtown eatery. But don’t blink – it will last only three days.

It’s an experiment in temporary restaurants.

They’re called pop-up restaurants, where urban trendsetters or rural chefs set up shop for just a few days.

Stephen Starr invited Talula’s Table in suburban Kennett Square to use the kitchen at Washington Square in Philadelphia – a restaurant that has been closed for three years.

Talula’s Table has a national reputation, but it’s tiny. Getting a table is notoriously difficult – it only seats 12 people a night. Reservations must be made one year in advance.

Owner Aimee Olexy says she wants to bring her country-bohemian experience to city diners.

“It’s the height of Chester County bounty right now in all our farms,” she said. “We’re very energized this time of year. It’s the time of year when so many people want to enjoy the kind of thing we do.”

Talula’s Table appears at Washington Square next week but it’s already sold out.

Starr Restaurants plans a series of pop-up restaurants through the fall.

Ashley Primis of Starr Restaurants says it’s a chance for the company to test new ideas without making a large investment.

“For us it’s a really fun way to use what we can do, from both a staffing and monetary position with all these great spaces we have, to bring something cool to Philadelphia,” she said.

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