New Suburban Square Eatery to Take Prime Victoria’s Secret Courtyard Spot
"St. James Place" is slated to open during the spring of 2012.
While the holidays have yet to kick into high gear, some people already have their sights set on the spring. And who can blame them? Especially when it sounds so delicious!
Over the next few months, Ardmore’s culinary landscape will get a little bigger. Philadelphia restaurateurs and long-time friends Rob Wasserman, of Rittenhouse Square’s Rouge, and Michael Schulson of Sampan and Izakaya, are planning to bring a taste of the city to the Main Line with their newest endeavor, St. James Place, an American restaurant and grill.
Named for the street off the courtyard where it will be located, St. James Place is slated to open during the spring of 2012, in the current Victoria’s Secret location at Suburban Square. The lingerie seller will be relocated elsewhere in the shopping center.
According to a PR rep, it has not yet been decided who will be manning the kitchen; someone from the city or a chef from the Main Line.
Once renovations on the upper end of Suburban Square’s courtyard are completed, the stage will be set for the area's newest dining destination.
According to an article by Michael Klein, Philly.com’s food editor, St. James Place will take a “steak-house approach.” According to his article, the owners are hoping for a sophisticated, but homespun vibe at St. James Place, with courtyard seating where locals would be comfortable dropping in on a weeknight. Klein also reported that the menu he got a peek of offered appetizers priced under $14 and entrees priced under $27.
Earlier this fall, in a series of articles on the overall Suburban Square makeover, general manager Mark Bachus said there will be valet parking for the restaurant, with a small valet canopy and infrastructure for that purpose built into the new landscaping and roadways.