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Two of Philadelphia's favorite food stars—F&W Best New Chef 2004 Dominique Filoni and super prolific restaurateur Stephen Starr—will make a much anticipated homecoming when they debut Parc, a French brasserie slated to open on Rittenhouse Square on Bastille Day (July 14th). While Starr has spent his four-year-hiatus from Philly launching restaurants in Manhattan and in Atlantic City, Filoni has spent the past two cooking at Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. I recently chatted with the French-born Filoni to learn more about Parc:
Concept: "It will be more French than in France. We're not going to be a fake brasserie."
Inspiration: "In Paris, La Coupole is an institution, a rendezvous point, and La Brasserie Lippe is still where all the artists and intellectuals go. I also like the brasseries that Paul Bocuse opened in Lyon: Le Nord, L'Est, Le Sud and l'Ouest. They each serve about 200 people an hour."
Menu: "We're going to make our own pâté, our own chicken liver mousse, our own bread. For our escargots, we'll use six ounces of hazelnut butter for eight escargots—it's going to be a heavy dish, and very flavorful."