Schulson Collective

Philadelphia, PA


About

In 2008, Schulson opened his first restaurant, Izakaya, a modern Japanese pub in Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. At Borgata, Schulson found himself among the likes of Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, earning rave reviews and immense popularity. He opened his second restaurant, Sampan, in 2009 in Philadelphia’s bustling Midtown Village. The contemporary Asian restaurant and bar was promptly named one of Bon Appetit’s “Top Six places to Taste Asian Fusion,” and Schulson was named one of Esquire’s “Chefs to Watch” in their annual restaurant issue soon after.In summer 2014, Schulson took on his biggest project to date with Independence Beer Garden, a 25,000 square-foot open-air drinking and dining mecca steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park. The massive, largely outdoor space quickly attracted huge crowds and became known as one of the city’s best places to enjoy a beer, snacks and fun with friends

 

In 2016, Schulson introduced restaurants Double Knot and Harp & Crown to the Philadelphia scene. Schulson Collective’s Harp & Crown offers guests a menu highlighting seasonal ingredients and global cuisines with delicate yet complex flavors. It was named one of the "Most Beautiful Restaurants of 2016" by Eater National. Harp & Crown also features a cocktail bar and two-lane, reservations-only bowling alley beneath the main room where cocktails, pizza and charcuterie are served. 

In 2018, Schulson Collective opened their first fine-casual concept, DK Sushi, at the remodeled food hall at the University of Pennsylvania. DK Sushi is a spin-off of Schulson’s lauded sushi bar and izakaya, Double Knot. Later in 2018, Schulson Collective opened Italian American Center City hot spot, Giuseppe & Sons. This red gravy restaurant is located next to Harp & Crown and mimics the operation of Double Knot, with a cafe upstairs and a more refined restaurant below street level. In spring 2019, Schulson and his team opened Alpen Rose, a classic steakhouse on 13th Street, next to Double Knot and Sampan.

In December 2019, Via Locusta opened its doors. Schulson and his team brought this handmade pasta focused Italian restaurant to the heart of Rittenhouse. Located on Locust just off of 18th street, the menu highlights fresh, handmade pasta dishes, made with locally-sourced ingredients from Pennsylvania farms. Via Locusta offers a focused selection of sharable plates and pastas along with a few larger dishes. Guests may also enjoy the from-scratch cocktail program created to pair perfectly with the locally sourced, seasonal ingredients from the kitchen. The intimate interior creates the perfect space to share a bottle of wine from the carefully curated, extensive reserve list

Over the course of the next three years, Schulson perfected the Collective of restaurants he built, establishing his mark on Philadelphia’s food scene. In the spring of 2022, Schulson added another restaurant to 13th and Sansom with the opening of Prunella, a neighborhood spot for American style pizza. The effortlessly beautiful interior creates the perfect ambiance for both an intimate dinner or a happy hour with friends. Pulling inspiration from the floor to ceiling windows, the menu matches its bright aesthetic by using fresh seasonal ingredients to create small plates, pizza, and fresh pasta. The menu would not be complete without a signature wine and beer list, paired with thoughtful cocktails designed to complement the light and airy ambience of Prunella. After Prunella’s successful opening, winning the Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Happy Hour of 2022 award, the Schulson Collective continued on to open Pearl and Mary on the corner of 13th and Sansom. Pearl and Mary offers elevated dishes inspired by classic coastal favorites, including an assorted raw bar, mixed crudos, and refreshing cocktails.



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Job Opportunities

Sous Chef
Sampan
Full Time • Salary (Based on Experience)
124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States • Casual Dining
Sous Chef
Schulson Collective HQ - Philadelphia
Full Time • Salary ($50k - $70k)
1525 Sansom St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA • Restaurant Group
General Manager (Mediterranean Concept)
Schulson Collective HQ - Philadelphia
Full Time • Salary (Based on Experience)
1525 Sansom St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA • Restaurant Group
Executive Chef - Mediterranean Concept
Schulson Collective HQ - Philadelphia
Full Time • Salary (Based on Experience)
1525 Sansom St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA • Restaurant Group
Chef de Partie
Schulson Collective HQ - Philadelphia
Full/Part Time • Hourly (Based on Experience)
1525 Sansom St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA • Restaurant Group
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