Next Tuesday (2/16) will mark the opening day of Garces Trading Company, Jose Garces' gourmet market/cafe created in an association with the Liquor Control Board, at the Western Union Building (1111 Locust St., 215-574-1099).
GTC, which is set up like a market, will sell house-made and imported foods under the Garces Trading Company label, plus Garces-branded cuisine (including private-label coffee, olive oils, and vinegars) for eat-in or take-out.
GTC will include the state's first wine boutique, as the state will lease a percentage of the restaurant's space to sell a selection of more than 200 red, white and sparkling wines, especially from Spain, France and Italy, and spirits.
You can order to-go at the counter, or sit in the center seating section and order from a waiter.
Euro-style lunch and dinner dining choices -- for eat-in and to-go, most $18 and under -- will include variety of pastas such as pappardelle with lamb ragu, sun choke puree and piavecchio and Tuscan fusilli alla carbonara with guanciale, eggs, black pepper and pecorino; thin crust and deep-dish, Chicago-style pizzas; and daily changing plats du jour such as coq au vin with pearl onions, mushrooms and potatoes on Mondays, and bouillabaisse with gambas, halibut, mussels, cockles and saffron ruille on Thursdays.