Chef Marc Vetri has followed business partner Jeff Benjamin out of the door at Urban Outfitters — two years after selling the bulk of the Vetri restaurant empire to the Philadelphia-based retail giant.
Vetri and Benjamin still own and operate Vetri Cucina, the city’s premier Italian restaurant, at 1312 Spruce St. in Center City, and they are planning to open a second Vetri Cucina at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
The other brands — Pizzeria Vetri, Amis, Bar Amis, Osteria, and Alla Spina — operate under Urban, as does its charitable arm, Vetri Community Partnership.
Vetri announced his resignation from Urban on social media Sunday afternoon, thanking “the family that we have grown and nurtured over the last 10 years.”
“After two years with URBN, I feel we have given them all the tools they need to succeed and grow this company to its fullest potential,” he wrote. “It’s a bittersweet day for me but I feel that it’s time to step down and leave them the room they need to grow. I have nothing but admiration and respect for everyone who I met in my journey over the last two years…especially the entire [Dick] Hayne family who I have always had and will continue to have mad respect for.”
Benjamin resigned in August, saying it was time to move on. He recently signed on to oversee Fitler Social Club, a high-end private membership club expected to open in 2019 at 2400 Market St.
Contacted Sunday, Vetri declined to comment further on his resignation, but did say that chefs Jeff Michaud and Brad Spence, who were instrumental in creating the Urban-owned restaurants, would remain with Urban.
An Urban spokeswoman confirmed that Vetri had resigned to “seek new opportunities” and said the company thanked him for “his leadership and contributions during our partnership.”
Vetri restaurant sales have been healthy. In its third-quarter earnings report released on Nov. 20, Urban reported nine-month sales of $18.5 million, compared with $16.7 million over the same period in 2016.
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