It's the end of an era: Stephen Starr has put Tangerine up for sale. Sure, the place shut down in 2009, but, with Starr, you never know when or how he'll bring a place back (i.e. Talula's Garden).
After Continental announced Starr's arrival with a boozy splash, the epic Buddakan followed, bringing Asian fusion to Philly in a big way. But, Tangerine was, in many ways, Starr's most original and creative vision in the early days of his empire. It was ahead of its time in terms of design, was the first appearance of longtime Starr-collaborator/chef Chris Painter, and offered up the moodiest of lighting.
Lots of good times and great meals happened within those walls for early adopters of the restaurant scene and Starr's old school groupies. It's a sad day indeed, as Tangerine was most-definitely part of the restaurant renaissance that changed Philly's food scene forever.