Chef Jose Garces is set to open a new fast-casual restaurant at the Wells Fargo Center in October that will feature signature dishes from all of his Philadelphia restaurants.

Garces Eats replaces The Bistro stand on the club level’s Broad Street side, providing views of Flyers and Sixers games during the upcoming 2022-2023 seasons. The concept will take guests on a tour of popular Garces establishments, including Village Whiskey, Olde Bar and Distrito.

Distrito, a Mexican restaurant that opened in 2008 at 40th and Chestnut streets in University City, closed suddenly on July 9. Garces told. Questioner that the business can no longer support itself financially due to rising food prices and loss of customers.

The new Garces restaurant, designed by Dash Design, is part of a $350 million upgrade of the Wells Fargo Center to a club level designed to highlight the best of Philadelphia sports and entertainment. It will be joined by Steven Starry’s Adrian, who was announced earlier this year.

Several other new bars and restaurants are set to join as part of Comcast Spectacor’s expansion, including open-floor layouts and special seating.

Garces said the open kitchen will provide a direct connection between himself, his international travels, and the people of Philadelphia.

“Having the opportunity to bring my Garces Eats concept to the club level was very exciting for me,” Garces said. “At its core, Garces Eats is designed as an extension of my personal test kitchen and studio, where I will bring the best hand- and bowl-based foods from around the world to one of the country’s most dynamic event venues.”

The restaurant is also part of a larger expansion of Garces’ business, both in the city and across the country. Earlier this year, the chef announced that his Buena Onda restaurant would expand nationally through a franchise deal that also includes two new locations in Radnor and Rittenhouse.

Garces and his restaurant group are still working to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the expansion of his Callowhill taqueria is part of a broader range of fast-casual food options.

“Wells Fargo Center offers incredible food and beverage options, including many from local chefs, and we are honored to introduce Chef Garces’ famous dishes to our fans this fall,” said Wells Fargo Center President Valerie Camillo. “With its rotating menu, guests will experience something new and exciting with each visit, and this is just one more way the new Wells Fargo Center offers the world’s best guest experience with a Philly twist.”

Garces Eats menu items include duck fat fries and burgers made with Village Whiskey’s proprietary beef and toppings. Buffalo cauliflower with buttermilk ranch and gin-sour celery from The Olde Bar will also be featured.

The restaurant also offers some of its original options. A burrito bar with different protein options such as pork carnitas, al pastor, chile roast beef and adobo chicken will be available.

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