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wordbond Jul 16, 2009 04:05 AM

Anyone else hear that Union Trust steakhouse was closing?

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    rocknroll52 RE: wordbond Jul 17, 2009 11:25 AM

    Seems unlikely given it is about to be reviewed by Craig LaBan this Sunday

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      Philly Ray RE: rocknroll52 Jul 17, 2009 11:57 AM

      If it is a "good" 2 bell review or higher, I doubt they are closing. If it is 1 bell or less, who knows.

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        rocknroll52 RE: Philly Ray Jul 18, 2009 03:59 AM

        Union Trust is getting nice reviews on yelp...

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      the dog ate my homework RE: wordbond Jul 19, 2009 07:17 AM

      The Sunday review by LaBan was adequate (2 bells) but certainly nothing that sets Union Trust far ahead of all of the other steakhouses in the city.

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        RocketJSquirrel RE: the dog ate my homework Jul 19, 2009 02:49 PM

        I was just there. LaBan's two bell rating is right on the money. It is a good dining experience, but nothing beyond that. I also concur with his assessment of the heat in that space. Given the volume, it would be like paying to air condition Pennsylvania....prohibitively expensive.
        I was hoping for better. Oh, well.

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          Philly Ray RE: RocketJSquirrel Jul 19, 2009 02:53 PM

          Yeah, we had lunch there and I thought my burger was a bit dry. The menu billed it as a "Prime Burger" with no mention of the cut(s) of meat used. I ordered it meduim rare, but still dry. Also, my fries were too short. I hate when they give you little potato scraps instead of nicely cut fries.

          My wife, however, ordered a panini and did enjoy it.

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            robot RE: RocketJSquirrel Jul 20, 2009 06:54 AM

            We have been there a few times and generally agree with the review. The AC there needs work, we tried to eat at the bar there on a hot day on Saturday and it was uncomfortably warm in the bar area. This is not acceptable for a place charging prices like they do.

            I do think the service there needs work. This might be a result of not having a good system in place for service training like capital grille. We sat at the bar and were served by the food runner and asked him if we could get silverware for our food, and he told us to "ask our bartender." This may seem like a small thing, but when I was a server we were told to never tell a customer to ask someone else. You say yes and then either you do it or you ask the bartender to do it.

            That all said, I do agree that they have great oysters and crab legs if you are into that.

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              Bigley9 RE: robot Jul 20, 2009 09:22 AM

              Their oyster shucker is going to be at Foster's Homeware on Saturday doing a shucking demonstration (and someone is going to have to eat those oysters!)

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                Gorp512 RE: Bigley9 Jul 20, 2009 11:20 PM

                Is he bringing the tacky shellfish display?

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                BeerFreak RE: robot Jul 21, 2009 10:57 PM

                I've always found the AC at S&W on rittenhouse to be great relief from the heat....and food at the bar ain't too bad....stay away from the pricey chops though

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                  robot RE: BeerFreak Jul 23, 2009 10:41 AM

                  S&W is has huge martini's which is great and they are open for Saturday lunch (Why is it so hard to go somewhere nice for lunch on Saturday?). I find that there prices are a little out of whack though. I think there is a $14 soup on the lunch menu. Yikes.

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            Gorp512 RE: wordbond Jul 19, 2009 06:43 PM

            That place cost so much money, I can't see them making a profit for a long time. It is nice to have such a high end indy owned spot in town though. I would love to check it out but won't be surprised if they are closing.

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