Rouge 98

Meg Rodgers collaborated once again with legendary restaurateur Neil Stein to create Rouge 98. Full-height folding doors across the façade and the location on Rittenhouse Square allowed for seating outdoors, ushering in a new era of sidewalk dining in Philadelphia. Tasked with converting a small wine store to evoke the essence of a Parisian street café, Rodgers created a cozy, elegant bistro anchored by a petite round bar beneath a dome and large-scale chandelier. After twenty-one years of Rouge’s success, Neil’s daughter Maggie and her husband, Rob Wasserman, returned to partner with Marguerite Rodgers in 2019. Their objective was to retain what was beloved, refresh the finishes, and increase seating without enlarging the 750-square-foot space. In a big gesture, Marguerite Rodgers moved the bar and changed its shape to accommodate more diners. The familiar scalloped white bar top, eglomise tree of life mirror, and color palate remained to preserve the classic, belle époque essence of Rouge. Enchanting, the space exudes a new level of sophistication and romance.

  • Photography: Rose Colored Glasses Photography and Matt Wargo Architectural Photographer
  • Contractor: Star Contracting and Painting