Stephen Starr Biography, Age, Family, Restaurants, Awards and Net worth

Stephen Starr is an American a former entertainment promoter based in Philadelphia and restaurateur. He is the owner of  the Starr Restaurant

Stephen Starr
Stephen Starr

Stephen Starr Biography

Stephen Starr is an American a former entertainment promoter based in Philadelphia and restaurateur. He is the owner of the Starr Restaurants group which operates over thirty restaurants. Stephen has been recognized for his work and has received awards from the James Beard Foundation, among others.

Stephen Starr Age

Stephen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. He is 65 years old as of 2019.

Stephen Starr Family

Stephen’s mother died when he was in college. At that time he was 19 years old. He also had a girlfriend during his college whom he said in an interview motivated him to work towards his dream of being wealthy.

In an interview, Stephen mentioned that he has children. He stated that ” I have children whom I love. That’s my biggest joy and my biggest success. I don’t golf. My joy is my children and work. I enjoy working.”

Stephen Starr Education

Stephen went to Gateway Regional High School.  In 1976 he graduated from the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Stephen Starr Career

Stephen’s first venue was the diner and comedy club “Grandmom Minnie’s” located in Philadelphia’s Old City.  H opened the cabaret “Stars” featuring emerging acts on September 16, 1977.  Stephen opened the concert venue and disco “Ripley Music Hall in March 1981.”He founded The Concert Company in February 1984, which brought large-scale stadium acts to Philadelphia.  In 1990 the Company was purchased by Electric Factory Concerts.  In 1995 he then founded STARR Restaurants.

Stephen Starr Restaurants

In September 1995, Starr opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, “Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar.”

As of 2018, there are twenty Starr Restaurants in Philadelphia; six in New York City; five in Florida; two in Atlantic City, New Jersey; two in Washington, D.C.; and one in Paris, France.

Stephen Starr Restaurant List

  • Route 6 Restaurant
  • The Continental Mid-Town
  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar
  • Buddakan
  • Frankford Hall
  • El Vez
  • The Dandelion
  • Talula’s Garden
  • Jones
  • Pod
  • Alma De Cuba
  • Morimoto
  • Barclay Prime
  • Parc
  • Butcher and Singer
  • El Rey
  • Il Pittore
  • Pizzeria Stella
  • SquareBurger

Stephen Starr Net Worth

From Small Restaurant to $125 Million Profit.  On May 20, 2011, Stephen Restaurant Group Founder Stephen Starr explained how he turned his small business into 17 restaurants worth millions.

Stephen Starr Gift Card

Starr’s restaurant group does a company-wide push to sell Starr Restaurants gift cards every holiday season. Every holiday season, thousands of Philadelphians and relatives and friends of Philadelphians find Starr Restaurants gift cards in their stockings.

It’s a great gift, of course, given that there are 20 Starr restaurants in Philly to choose from. But too many options can be paralyzing, right? You don’t want to waste it, so it sits in your junk drawer for an entire year. And then you get another one.

Stephen Starr Awards

Stephen won the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award and his restaurant Le Coucou, with chef Daniel Rose, was named 2017 “Best New Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation.

Stephen’s restaurant known as The Clocktower, with chef Jason Atherton, was awarded a Michelin star in the 2018 Michelin Guide. He has been named “Restaurateur of the Year” by both Bon Appétit and Zagat Travel + Leisure noted that “Starr creates complete environments with an artistic, almost cerebral approach.”

The magazine Restaurant Hospitality in 2017 placed Stephen on their “RH 25” list of “The 25 most powerful multiconcept operators across the country.”  He was also awarded the annual Richard Melman Innovator of the Year award in 2013 by Restaurant Hospitality.

It also cited his restaurants in Philadelphia as “arguably the key reason for the city’s revitalized culinary scene.” He was recognized by The Harvard Observer  “for making contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of restaurant hospitality over the whole of his career.”

Stephen Starr Other Work

Stephen was guest judge on the “Restaurant Wars” episode of the reality television show Top Chef: Season 5, which aired in 2009. He appeared in the 2007 documentary film “This Is My Cheesesteak” which was directed by Benjamin Daniels.

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