Koo Zee Doo Is Calling It Quits

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In very disappointing news, Michael Klein is reporting that Koo Zee Doo is closing. The Portuguese BYOB in Northern Liberties is calling it quits. Not enough weeknight business is to blame. You’ve got till July 14th to get in to one of Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best restaurants one last time.

Koo Zee Doo to close [The Insider]
Koo Zee Doo [Official Site]

Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith

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  • Smits

    It’s Boogarten’s fault

  • mtngoat

    My favorite restaurant in Philly. My sincere thanks for all the spectacular fare concocted and lovingly served to myself and all my friends and new-to-Philly guests by this wonderful couple. What a world, what a wooorrrllld…

  • ZVon Helms

    This would be a great spot for the new outpost of Nord.

  • Dio

    Very SAD news! Amazing food here! Hopefully it’s not the last we see of them.

  • Dan

    This is terrible. They should just relocate. Top 5 BYOB in town. Some of the best chicken I’ve ever tasted.

  • Philly Dude

    That Philadelphia cannot support one amazingly good Portuguese BYOB and yet have dozens of Italian BYOBs is very telling about the depth of our restaurant scene.

    • Dan

      I imagine that Philadelphians can’t support American cuisine either. That’s why copper closed at that exact location after a year.

    • rk

      Yes! Every good restaurant that has ever closed is proof the city in which it closed is embarrassing! BTW, do you know how many generic restaurants there are in NYC or DC or LA, etc. god i hate the haters. also, how many of those dozens of italian byobs are in nolibs at the price point koo zee doo was aiming at? what a dumb comment.

      Anyway, this is sad news, because koo zee doo is delicious and i will miss that octopus gravy and chicken gizzards and much more quite a lot.

    • barrygster

      Actually there area a handful of Portuguese restaurants in the Northeast. There is a world of food outside of the food blog bubble. Then again this is the blog that was amazed there existed a decent cheesesteak in Philadelphia that wasn’t one of the places repeated by the blogs ad infinitum so of course the commenters draw conculusions on the food “scene” based on a sliver of what actually exists.

      Not that a business with razor-thin margins deciding not to renew a long-term lease is indicative of anything anyway.

      • Have a favorite Northeast Philadelphia Portuguese restaurant?

  • T

    Come to Collingswood,NJ!! Great downtown restaurant seen all week long!! Too many Italian places…Portuguese would be great!!

  • susan makrauer

    so sad….love this place. We would shlep from Bucks County often for this amazing food. Too bad the neighborhood did not support it enough during the week. If they were in my area, (the land of generic Italian and Chinese food) we would go often. Come to Bucks!

  • Al

    There’s a hint of speculation over the web that KooZeeDoo may be reincarnated at the former District 611 site. Let’s see what happens…

    • badjack

      That seems like a horrendous idea. They’ll have even less weeknight business in a suburban strip mall next door to a CVS and a gym.

    • JA

      District611 has already been re-conceptualized as a family oriented pizza place.