Friday, June 06, 2008

Back-Story Behind The Naming Of Table 31 Revealed, Chris Scarduzio's Future To Be In Diplomacy

It had already been reported that Table 31, the brand new anchor restaurant at the Comcast Center, was named after the best table at Brasserie Perrier, another restaurant Georges Perrier and Chris Scarduzio own. But here’s the cute back-story of the idea to name it such.
The name Table 31 comes from the best table at Brasserie Perrier, at 1619 Walnut St. At Brasserie, the table is, Scarduzio said, "in the middle of the runway. It's a see-and-be-seen table."

"One night, two big VIPs -- two affluent, well-known Philadelphians who I will not name -- both had reservations for the table," Scarduzio said.

The first VIP's stay ran into the second VIP's reservation time. Each was there with a spouse. After a war of words over the coveted table, Scarduzio met with both couples.

"I got them together and said, 'One day I'm going to open a restaurant and call it Table 31. You'll each have a table," he said.
Aww. And he kept his word.

Doesn't that just make you feel all warm inside?

Yeah. Heartwarming stuff. Those “VIPs” must be totally psyched.

Any thoughts as to the identities of said bigwigs? Clues are: 1) both have (or had) spouses and 2) both would assumingly have a table named-after/pertually-reserved-for them at Table 31.

Our best/worst guess: David Cohen and Ed Snider.

"Power tables"? More like "tables for ants."

Anyway, Happy Opening Day Comcast Center! You have fun now.

2 elite chefs are setting up Table 31 [ Philadelphia Business Journal ]
Table 31 [ Official Site ]

[ Photo via Philly Skyline ]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The big wigs were Joe Sanski and Fred Schabel and Chris is telling a fib. We came up with the name in a managers meeting.