Philadelphia

The Saint James Place Sets an Opening Date

It’s October 9, and here’s what you get to look forward to….

CHEF MICHAEL SCHULSON AND RESTAURATEUR ROB WASSERMAN
TEAM UP TO OPEN THE SAINT JAMES,
AN AMERICAN BISTRO IN SUBURBAN SQUARE
ARDMORE, PA – In early fall, two of the area’s top restaurateurs, Rob Wasserman and Chef Michael Schulson, will team up to debut The Saint James (30 Parking Plaza, 610-649-6200),
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.
“Michael
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
community.”
A television personality with all-American good looks, Chef Schulson
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.
The Saint James menu will be Chef Schulson’s culinary return to his East Coast roots and the foods that inspire him to cook, every day.  It will be overseen by Executive Chef Matt Moon, who has worked in top kitchens in Philadelphia and, for the past year, alongside Chef Schulson.  Guests may enjoy hearty oven-roasted and grilled items along with a host of satisfying sides.  Dishes will include:  Trout Dip with “everything” bagel chips; Peekytoe Crab Toast with lemon aioli and dill; Grilled Flatiron Steak with shallot and compound butter; Grilled Tuna Steak with avocado, tomato and chili; Roasted Half-Chicken with lemon marmalade and celery; a variety of sandwiches such as Shrimp Roll with butter lettuce, lemon and tarragon, and The Saint James’ take on the iconic Philadelphia Pork Sandwich, with spicy kale and sharp provolone.  Delicious sides will include:  Cauliflower Gratin; Roasted Beets with horseradish; and Haricot Verts with house-made lemon vinaigrette.  There will also be an extensive Raw Bar, with Tuna Tartare, Oysters on the half shell, Crab Salad and more.  In addition to the regular menu, The Saint James will offer Daily Specials.  Dishes will range in price from $6 to $24.
“This is the kind of back-to-basics food that I prepare at home for my
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.
To complement the dishes, the knowledgeable and well-trained staff of The Saint James, operating under General Manager Ryan Reigel, will offer a variety of wines by-the-glass and in bottles, ranging in price from $8 to $12 for glass pours and mostly $30 to $60 for
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 welcoming, 120-seat restaurant is designed by Chris Sheffield of Philadelphia’s SLDesign
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.
Expanding
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.
Both Wasserman and Chef Schulson
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).