261 S 21st St Philadelphia, PA 19103
261 South 21st StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19103
$$American Restaurant, BarToday 5:30PM–10:30AMMenu
The Friday Saturday Sunday Story It was the most improbable of beginnings. In a business known for it?s high failure rate, Friday Saturday Sunday Restaurant was launched on a dare: Jay Gubin dared Weaver Lilley and Arnie Roberts to open a restaurant with him by each putting $2000.00 into a hat. Jay Gubin, a brilliant concept person, was the perennial entrepreneur. Arnie Roberts, a ?natural? marketing whiz, was also one of the best ad designers in the city. Weaver Lilley, a photographer with a keen eye, was shooting some of the most exciting ads in town. What did they know about restaurants? Not a great deal, but they were able to open a restaurant that has one of the longest and most successful track records in Philadelphia. Of course, $6000 was not enough. It would require the additional help of four more partners (making the total investment a very modest $14000). One of those partners was the first Chef, Tommy Hunter. He eventually left FSS with Jay to start the Restaurant School. Jeanine Autret was a journalist and contributor to the Philadelphia Bulletin. Bud Bretschneider, a carpenter, was responsible for the construction of the restaurant. Annie Perrier, was the wife of George Perrier, chef and owner of Le Bec Fin. Although she had not worked in a restaurant, she brought along a great deal of George?s help and her own terrific sense of humor. Back in those days, a sense of humor was an important thing. The physical plant was ancient. The refrigeration was supplied by a series of second hand apartment refrigerators lined-up in a row. Desserts were being carried in from Jeanine?s apartment kitchen up the street. Everybody was over educated. The dishwasher had a PhD. The entire wait staff had college degrees. But except for Tom Hunter, no one had been trained for what they were about to do. A crash course in the running of a restaurant was about to begin. It was very difficult but we had a lot of fun. Six months after the restaurant?s opening, on a Saturday night, a line of waiting customers could be seen stretching out the door, down the block and around the corner of 21st and Spruce streets. Unfortunately, many of those people never made it into Friday Saturday Sunday that night due to the slow turnover. However, those that did returned home with fantastic reports of fabulous food, inexpensive prices and a captivating atmosphere. Now over 39 years have passed and many of the faces have changed. However, the traditions of quality food, fair prices and charming atmosphere are alive and well at Friday Saturday Sunday and continue to drive this restaurant?s popularity. Philadelphia Life names Friday Saturday Sunday Best Romantic Dining "It may be on the tiny side, but that's all right because this romantic gem in Rittenhouse Square is designed for getting close. In addition to the excellent cuisine, this dimly lit charmer offers a great wine list, terrific martinis and experience designed to keep your eyes squarely on the man or woman sitting in front of you."