IT’S OPA, The new Greek Restaurant Opens on Sansom Street
Thursday, but first let’s see what the Chatter is:
After appearing on The 10 Show Friday morning, then doing a meet and greet at University of Penn, Russell Simmons rolled into 10 Arts near midnight on Friday night with a friend, and I believe his girlfriend. Why do I think it was his girlfriend, they spent a good part of the night playing tongue hockey. I decided not to take a picture and instead enjoyed my club sandwich before heading over to Whisper for a night of dancing. Spotted in the night club was Mary Carey, Jennifer Carroll (cause they were with me), also Sixers Andre Iguodala celebrating a win.
Philly Has A Heart
The Bellevue (200 South Broad Street) Has A Heart too this Thursday, February 10, from 12:00pm-2:00pm. They are teaming up with Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association to get the word out on women’s heart health in Philadelphia. The event will include heart-healthy options from the food court vendors for lunch, body fat and heart rate testing by The Sporting Club, and an after-event cooking demonstration on heart-healthy foods at Williams-Sonoma.
Mr Philadelphia Al Lee of the Philadelphia Visitor Center is having a contest in the name of Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia. It’s called Mr. Philadelphia’s 14 First Dates in February Contest: I’ve comprised 13 specially-themed dates to show you just how awesome Philadelphia really is. Each day in February, beginning on the 1st, I’ll launch a new themed date that should, fingers crossed, guarantee a second one. (hint, hint.) Check it out here:
Last night I attended the soft opening of Opa which brings Modern Greece to Midtown Village Philadelphia 70 seat restaurant/bar is inspired by the culture of Greece, today.
GM Ken Valles, GM Raised in the Philadelphia area, Greek-American brother-sister team (on right), Vasiliki Tsiouris and George Tsiouris have deep family roots in the local restaurant scene. This dynamic pair is excited to bring their passion for Greek food and hospitality to their hometown via chef Andrew Brown (ex-White Dog Cafe, Django)
Opa’s interior designer was Jun Aizaki, the man responsible for the look and feel of Jose Garces’ restaurants as well as Zama. The overhang birch makes the bar area feel like a separate loft in the 70 seat restaurant.
The back of the restaurant can easily accommodate a small intimate party as sheers can be closed to give it a little privacy.
George tells me it’s just as easy to combine tables in the front room for a party of 16. The bar front is made of actual sea rock. The food is as plated just as beautiful as the restaurant decor, and delicious. I recommend the spinach croquettes, Gyro’s and Zucchini Chips. But look forward to going back to enjoy the Beet Salad and my favorite Octupus. George says the hamburger is great too. Hamburger, I love hamburgers.
The colorful details of the thoughtfully designed restaurant extends into the bathroom with this textured tile wall and Mediterranean blue wall coloring. Check out their menu on their website OPA