A contemporary American tavern designed as the centerpiece of Suburban Station’s major courtyard renovation, The Saint James is informed by the comfort food menu developed by chef Michael Schulson and his partner, Philadelphia restaurateur Rob Wasserman.  The 125-seat restaurant occupies a former retail space, and features an entry corridor defined by a 24’-0” long skylight and transom windows with views of the bar/lounge on one side, and the family-friendly dining room on the other.  Casual and elegant, the dining room features reclaimed hickory wood flooring, plaid upholstered booths and views of the landscaped courtyard and outdoor seating.  The bar features white oak panels and a cork ceiling, large Pullman booths and a wood banquette opposite the bar to accommodate larger groups.  Elevated above the courtyard, the bar also includes large, operable double-hung storefront windows to open the space to the adjacent outdoor dining area.  Custom lighting throughout is inspired by turn of the century factory lighting with mid-century details that add a sense of timelessness to this new hotspot in Philadelphia’s preppy Main Line suburbs.


All photos by David Joseph