Aimee Olexy on Local Food, Hospitality and Her Newest Restaurant With Stephen Starr

Zagat, November 19, 2017

Aimee Olexy on Local Food, Hospitality and Her Newest Restaurant With Stephen Starr

Ask Aimee Olexy to describe The Love, her newest collaboration with restaurateur Stephen Starr, and you won’t hear the usual specs like cuisine, design and seating capacity.

Rather, you’ll get vague statements from Olexy like: “It will become what people want it to become and what the staff make it, and the menu will travel wherever it wants to land.”

But there’s a method behind the Philadelphia restaurateur’s romantic notion of a customer and staff directed restaurant, as evidenced by the success of Talula’s Table, her famously hard to book Kennett Square BYOB, Talula’s Garden, the elegant Washington Square farm-to-table and Talula’s Daily, the casual cafe/supper club next door. Like her other kitchens, The Love is intended to address what Olexy sees as an unmet need in a given area and to build community through food…

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