Stephen Starr Opening in the Berkshires

By Scott Kearnan
June 27, 2014

Prepare to unfurl a Starr-Spangled Banner.

Not a typo. On July 4th, restaurateur Stephen Starr will expand his empire to encompass dining destinations at the Clark Art Institute in the Berkshires, his first restaurants north of New York City. Starr has been a seminal figure in the transformation of the Philadelphia dining scene, in particular; he’s the man who launched Morimoto, El Vez, Il Pittore, and Buddakan, to name a few. And he’s tapped Aimee Olexy, with whom he opened Philadelphia’s Talula’s Garden, to oversee the food at his “culinary partnership” with the esteemed museum in Williamstown, MA. 

The first spot, Café Seven, will be in the Institute’s new Visitor Center. (Its name nods to the center’s 7-shaped red granite wall, part of the Clark’s $100 million museum-wide renovation.) The Café will offer indoor and terrace seating from 10 AM-5 PM (until 7 PM on Fridays in July and August) and Olexy’s farm-to-table sensibility will be reflected in “elevated snacks” like a signature granola blend, locally sourced honeys and cheeses.

The culinary partnership will extend to the Stone Hill Café, which has sweeping views of the local mountains. And in Spring 2015, Starr will open a coffee bar in the Manton Research Center.

Places Mentioned


Japanese • Washington Square West

Food28 Decor27 Service26 Cost$78
El Vez

Mexican • Washington Square West

Food24 Decor25 Service22 Cost$39
Il Pittore

Italian • Rittenhouse Square

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$80

Chinese • Chelsea

Food25 Decor27 Service23 Cost$78

Asian • Old City

Food26 Decor27 Service25 Cost$60
Talula's Garden

Organic • Washington Square West

Food27 Decor27 Service25 Cost$66

Japanese • Chelsea

Food26 Decor26 Service24 Cost$100
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