Founded in 1995 by Stephen Starr, the Philadelphia-based STARR Restaurants is one of the largest multi-concept and independent restaurant groups in the country. STARR Restaurants include Buddakan, Morimoto, The Continental, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-Town, Fette Sau, El Vez, Jones, Alma de Cuba, Pod, Parc, The Dandelion, Talula's Garden, Talula's Daily, Frankford Hall, Butcher and Singer, Pizzeria Stella, El Rey, The Ranstead Room, Il Pittore and Serpico in Philaelphia; as well as Morimoto and Buddakan in New York City's Meatpacking District and an outpost of El Vez in Battery Park City. STARR Restaurants expanded to Atlantic City, NJ, in 2006 with Buddakan and The Continental, to Florida with Steak 954 at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale in 2009 and Makoto in the Bal Harbour Shops in 2011 and to Washington D.C. with Le Diplomate in 2013. The most recent restaurants in New York City include critically acclaimed Upland, opened in 2014, and The Clocktower, opened in 2015. In August of 2015, STARR brought The Continental to Miami Beach.