I was recently in Philadelphia and stopped by Smith & Wollensky with the intent of reporting on their martini.
I had been in this restaurant before with a couple of friends and we had a great time. Their steaks are absolutely marvelous, really outstanding. The service was exceptional. We even talked our way into a tour of their onsite dry aging ‘room’. The chef joined us to give us the tour. A fascination and informative experience.
I was really looking forward to reviewing their Martini. However, when I ordered my usual they told me they were out of Sapphire and wouldn’t be ‘restocking’. A very odd comment I thought.
Upon inquiry it turns out that the Philadelphia Smith & Wollensky is closing. Their landlord decided to raise the rent by, in my non-professional opinion, what can only be described as an exorbitant amount. I didn’t get the exact closing date, but it will be a very sad day.
The martini I did get was good and the bar service fine. However, considering the imminent future for the staff, it hardly seems fair to judge them at this point.