WINNER, Best Chocolatier
1172 S. 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 // http://www.rimcafe.net
Groupe Rim originated on the Cote d’Azur in 1982. Founder, Master Rene Kobeitri, introduced the concept of around-the-clock service in his markets in Nice, France and expanded to Cagnes-sur-Mer and Cannes.
In the late eighties Rene was the premier caterer to the finest Cote d’Azur hotel establishments and soon after, opened the first restaurant, La Ferme. In 2006 Groupe Rim expanded, venturing to the United States and South Philadelphia’s Italian Market became home to the RIM Cafe. Rene brought the essence of the French Riviera and Italian cafe tradition, making Rim Cafe a cozy and eclectic nightspot. In 2007 RIM Cafe was recognized by Philadelphia Magazine for BEST HOT CHOCOLATE in June’s Best of Philly issue.
Then in 2011 RIM Cafe was featured on the Food Network’s show, “Sugar High.”RIM Cafe has regularly been awarded Best Coffee, Tea House, and Best Chocolate in Philly’s Hot List and Philly Happening. In 2014 Groupe Rim expanded, opening Cafe Crema, the King of Cannoli and Hot Chocolate Bar in the Italian Market. Then in 2016 Master Rene was featured as a Guest Chef at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival in California and presented Philadelphia with the first Victoria Arduino BLACK EAGLE VA388 espresso machine. In 2017 Groupe Rim expanded again, opening Little Italy Philadelphia. Little Italy offers custom design and printing for personal and commercial accounts, and souvenirs from Italy, France, and Philadelphia.