Another shakeup in the Marc Vetri-Urban Outfitters food world: Alla Spina on North Broad Street is closing. The last day is Sunday, January 28. The restaurant, at Broad and Mt. Vernon, will be open for brunch as its last service, reports Philadelphia magazine.
Marc Vetri opened Alla Spina, a casual bar/restaurant with an Italian bent, in 2012, five years after opening Osteria a block away on a quiet stretch of Broad without much else to draw Center City diners. In 2015, Vetri and restaurant partner Jeff Benjamin sold both restaurants, along with Pizzeria Vetri, Amis, and Lo Spiedo (now Bar Amis), to URBN, the Philly-based parent company of Urban Outfitters, but stayed with the company. Benjamin departed Urban Outfitters in summer 2017. Vetri followed at the end of last year.
Along with Vetri and Benjamin, chefs Jeff Michaud of Osteria and Brad Spence of Amis went to Urban Outfitters. Michaud is now also out the door, and taking his restaurant with him: He revealed last week that he bought Osteria from the mega-retailer in partnership with Michael Schulson (Sampan, Harp & Crown, Double Knot, the Borgata’s Izayaka).
Vetri and Benjamin still own Vetri Cucina, which wasn’t included in the 2015 sale.
Got all that? Good, because there are probably more shakeups to come.
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- Chefs Jeff Michaud and Michael Schulson Buy Osteria From Urban Outfitters
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