On the eve of the Aug. 12 opening of the hotly anticipated Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, we sat down with General Manager Ben Shank. The Philly native started his hospitality career as a busboy at the original Four Seasons’ restaurant before traveling all over the country in executive roles with the Four Seasons brand. Here, we learn which local hot spots are home to him.
“Taking my three children out to great restaurants has always been an important part of our family culture, and Zahav (237 St. James Place, 215.625.8800, zahavrestaurant.com) makes it easy with super friendly service, shareable dishes, and a flavorful menu.”
“I love the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, barnesfoundation.org), and we’re able to share that love with hotel guests by oering private, exclusive tours of the museum. It’s really insightful to understand how Dr. Barnes amassed his collection and how he selected works.”
“If I need anything new for my closet, Boyds (1818 Chestnut St., boydsphila.com) is the place to go. I love the newly renovated space and its service-oriented atmosphere.”
“I’m big into swimming and have grown to love hot yoga, so, often, our family goes to Life Time at King of Prussia (700 E. Swedesford Road, Wayne, lifetime.life) to spend Sundays.”
“My dad taught at Temple University (temple.edu) for 30 years, so I’m a huge Owls basketball fan. I can’t imagine anything better than going to the Palestra for the games, especially keeping in mind that Big 5 history.”
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