The Saint James Place Sets an Opening Date
It’s October 9, and here’s what you get to look forward to….
an American bistro that brings exceptional food, drinks and hospitality
to Suburban Square. Featuring an affordable and contemporary menu of
satisfying cuisine and three distinct dining areas, The Saint James will
reflect the new standards for excellence in restaurants. It will bring
avid diners of the Main Line what they’ve been asking for: a refined
neighborhood restaurant with approachable food that is simply and
perfectly prepared in a stylish and welcoming setting.
and I have known for a while that we wanted to open a restaurant
together,” says Wasserman, who lived in Bala Cynwyd with deep family
ties to the Main Line, and whose Rouge
on Rittenhouse Square is a Philadelphia institution. “When we found
this space, we knew it was the right time and the right place. For me,
it’s good to be back and we’re both excited to be a part of this vibrant
is a gifted, Long Island-born chef who has earned a sterling reputation
for his expert hand at modern Asian cooking at his restaurants Sampan in Center City, Philadelphia and Izakaya at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ.
family and friends – grilled meat and fish that is juicy, vegetables at
the height of their freshness with simple vinaigrettes and marinades
that make the flavors of each ingredient sing,” adds Chef Schulson.
bottles. A well-focused local craft beer list and a wealth of
hand-crafted cocktails based on modern versions of classic drinks will
also be served. Beers and cocktails will range in price from $5 to $12.
The rustic-modern space has two expansive rooms separated by a skylit
foyer: the main dining room and the bar. The main dining room is
outlined with plush leather booths, wrapping around the entire space and
enclosing a grouping of sturdy wooden tables and chairs in the center
of the room. In the bar, the showpiece is the 20-foot-long bar with
comfortable leather-trimmed stools surrounded by ample booth seating.
Both rooms, fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows, are family-friendly and
open, offering comfortable seating for groups of any size, including
accommodations for private parties. Detailed with elegant wooden
moldings and skylights, each room has custom tiled floors and glossy
white brick walls that pop in the ample natural light.
onto the Square’s stone courtyard is the restaurant’s 50-seat
landscaped outdoor seating area. Guided by Wasserman’s expertise at
Rouge, one of Philadelphia’s best-loved and most enduring sidewalk
cafes, the seasonal patio will be open throughout the warm weather
months, sure to become the area’s top spot to see-and-be-seen.
have traveled extensively across America and abroad, and they frequent
the country’s most successful new restaurants. Together with their
team, they will bring the flawless service, thoughtful cooking, artful
cocktails and casually elegant atmosphere that are the new standards of
America’s dining scene to The Saint James.
The Saint James will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11
a.m. until midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Valet service will be available after 5 p.m. For more information, or
to make a reservation, please call (610) 649-6200, visit www.SaintJamesPhilly.com, follow them on Twitter (@St_JamesPhilly) and like them on Facebook (Saint James Philadelphia).