Openings and Closings

Philippe by Philippe Chow Closes in Boca Raton

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Philippe by Philippe Chow has closed its Boca Raton doors, just missing the one-year anniversary mark.

The upscale Chinese eatery opened on August 24, 2011 to much expectation by Boca residents looking forward to having the New York celebrity hangout bring a touch of Big Apple-style to the neighborhood.

The restaurant got a good start and some major publicity when Jennifer Lopez was seen getting Philippe's chow delivered to her suite at the Boca Raton Resort & Country Club while she was filming on location.


CEO Stratis Morfogen was so bullish on South Florida, that he re-opened a Philippe by Philippe Chow in South Beach in November 2011, with plans for a third location in Fort Lauderdale to open in mid-2012. But an expensive lawsuit, filed by rival restaurant Mr. Chow, which ended in both sides claiming victory, might have proved too much both financially and emotionally for the restaurateur's plans to expand in South Florida.

In an email to Clean Plate Charlie, Morfogen cited unexpected amounts of time, money, and stress that were expended on the above mentioned lawsuit.

"The closing of our Boca Location was as a result of Philippe Chow's

and my inability to focus on the opening of two new restaurants in south

Florida due to the unexpected time, emotional stress and money we were

required to devote to fighting the frivolous lawsuit filed by Michael

Chow. Unfortunately, if we had known what we

know today we would have never decided to engage in such an aggressive south

Florida expansion plan while fighting off these frivolous accusations.

Even though we prevailed in the U.S. Federal Courts the cost to defend

ourselves was extremely expensive."

At this point, the South

Beach location is open for business as usual, with the usual cast of

celebrities flocking to dine on green prawns and Peking duck, though it

seems unlikely the Fort Lauderdale location will open in the near

future.



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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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