Lemon Hill Shuts Its Doors

lemon-hill-bar-400Lemon Hill at 25th and Aspen Streets in Fairmount closed suddenly last night. The bar and restaurant from the Franklin Mortgage team came onto the scene back in early 2012 with Mitch Prensky in the kitchen. Prensky didn’t last too long and there always seemed to be movement in and out of the kitchen and management of the establishment.

General manager Aaron Siak posted the following on Facebook:

Lemon Hill will actually be closed forever. It was good seeing a bunch of familiar faces over the past several weeks. Even though Lemon Hill ultimately failed, when we were on, we were one of the best spots in town. And I believe that. I appreciate the effort of our team, working hard, and knowing the difficulty of the climb. Thank you to our staff and all of our guests over the past few years. Cheers!

Original employee Keith Raimondi has put the call out to hospitality pros who might be looking to hire. So if you are, look up Raimondi on Facebook and give him a shout.


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  • Krista Dawn Atchley

    So sad all these employees are without jobs with no notice. I was always happy and felt it was such a good atmosphere with Keith and Michelle running the place. LH will be greatly missed. Sad to see it go…nothing else like it in the neighborhood

  • Jennifer Davis

    Maybe standard tap or north third can open an outpost! Never thought the food was good here, that’s why I didn’t go

  • WandaJohns

    I hope these guys still proceed with their plans to open “Brick and Mortar” at the Goldtex in Callowhill. Scheduled to open September last I heard.

  • I Live down the street

    Once prensky no longer controlled the kitchen, the place fell apart. Food quality sharply declined, and while the drinks were always decent, their beer prices always seemed a few dollars higher then rembrandts and London for the same craft beers. On my last visit a few months ago, the bartender spent a fair amount of time sampling the goods behind the bar. I knew it was over then.

  • Jon Coxtosen

    Liked the place ok, wasn’t my favorite. I am sorry that it’s gone and there’s one less option. I think it was a tough concept to sell (fancy, expensive drinks) and an often strange menu that changed frequently. There’s a lot of people in Fairmount who (gasp!) go out by themselves for a bite to eat mid-week and have a couple beers, watch the Phils or Flyers. LH never did it for me from that perspective. Minimal pub-fare menu (mostly just fancy dishes), limited beer selection (and pressure to buy a $12 cocktail), and oh the TVs were almost never on in the bar area. Just my opinion, I know that many prefer things the exact opposite – well apparently not that many since they didn’t support the place. Hoping somebody buys it, it’s a beautiful space and great location.

  • Cronmoax

    I liked the atmosphere and its presence in the neighborhood, but I found it tough to find something I liked on the menu. I am admittedly, a picky eater, but I can always find a few things I like at gastropubs. Lemon Hill seemed to be trying a bit too hard, especially for the neighborhood. Maybe the menu would have worked in Center City… I hope something new fills the space soon.

  • Feather

    Keith Raimondi and Artie look like birds of a feather “On my last visit a few months ago, the bartender spent a fair amount of time sampling the goods behind the bar. I knew it was over then.”

    • tjt

      Keith was already out of LH “a few months ago.” I’d suspect that had Keith stayed, that wouldn’t have been the problem. But real classy of you to anonymously throw shade at someone who has already stepped up to help the now suddenly unemployed staff.

      • I live down the street

        It WAS NOT Keith I witness sampling the wine and bourbon behind the bar. It was a younger guy, relatively short and trim. He was new, i believe.

        • nf

          why even mention it?

  • Jeremy

    Lemon Hill’s Facebook page doesn’t (as of 6/4/14 at 3:53pm) mention the closing; the above Facebook link is broken. Instead this 6/1/14 post:

    “Lemon Hill will be closed Monday and Tuesday for training and Wednesday for a private event. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday! Happy Hour starts at 5pm. Cheers!”

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lemon-Hill/145743245529918

    • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/ Art from Foobooz

      And that’s why I quoted the post, rather than just linking to it.

  • ConnorG

    Not sure of our server’s name the last few times we were in there, but he was seriously the best server I’ve ever had. Young guy with glasses and dark hair – somebody in the area should hire him today. Also, I will miss Keith’s amazing old fashioneds.