PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After months of speculation, The Palm announced today that the restaurant will be returning to the historic Bellevue Philadelphia in 2017. The restaurant will undergo a remodel of its current location, reopening in the spring with an entirely new look and feel that includes a more contemporary floor plan, updated menu and artwork created by local artists.
“We are excited to get the renovation underway,” said Wally Ganzi, Co-Chairman and third-generation owner. “The Palm is pleased to be among Philadelphia’s iconic restaurants, and over the years we’ve cultivated a close-knit family here. This redevelopment is a chance to grow our family by making our restaurant an inviting place for a new generation of local diners and welcome back our long list of regulars who are just as eager as we are to reopen our doors.”
Prior to closing in March, The Palm Philadelphia had been a staple in the Center City dining scene for over 27 years—serving the best in USDA prime aged steaks, whole Nova Scotia lobsters and honest Italian-American fare since 1989. The restaurant is also well-known for the infamous caricatures of celebrities and loyal customers, a tradition that dates back to newspapermen decorating the walls of the first Palm Restaurant in New York City, which will receive a modern “facelift” during the remodel. Unfortunately not all of the existing caricatures can be salvaged during demolition due to their location in the restaurant. But the new look of The Palm will still feature caricatures of loyal patrons drawn by a local Philadelphia artist.
“We have the faces of over 2,000 customers gracing the walls of The Palm Philadelphia,” said Jeff Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, who also served as the restaurant’s first General Manager in 1989. “Every image represents a fond memory and cherished relationship that we’ve built in the local community over the last 27 years. Unfortunately, not every caricature can be recovered, but we feel that it is important to celebrate the people who helped make our restaurant a beloved landmark in Center City by offering them a chance to save a little piece of our – and their – family’s history.”
With renovations set to begin in a few weeks, Philadelphians whose caricatures are on the existing walls, will have until Monday, December 19, to submit a request to have their face saved prior to demolition. Claimed caricatures will be distributed prior to the restaurant’s grand reopening. Each salvaged piece of artwork will also be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
For more info or to claim a caricature, patrons can email email@example.com or call 215-546-7256.
ABOUT THE PALM
The Palm’s philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. Owned and operated by members of the Bozzi and Ganzi families since its founding in 1926, The Palm serves as a second home for countless patrons across the United States and abroad. Now celebrating its 90th year of business, The Palm continues its legacy as a favorite gathering place and dining destination for families, friends, and business colleagues alike. For a virtual experience or to find a location near you, please go to www.thepalm.com.