Brasserie Perrier – In the shocker of the year, George Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin sibling closed after 11 years as a Walnut Street fixture.
Glam – Wham, bam goodbye Glam. Glam’s being replaced by the less sexy Ugly Mug.
Rae – Daniel Stern’s big restaurant at 30th Street Station is moving to Liberty Place II but it’s closed until at least Labor Day.
Root – The local food restaurant lasted just 4 months at 1033 Spring Garden Street.
Sushi On the Square – The casual sushi joint at 20th and Locust has shut down and is becoming a FroYo emporium.
Aspen – The Fairmount neighborhood bar and restaurant was shut down abruptly in October and still hasn’t opened.
Rick’s Steaks – The embattled cheesesteak spot bowed out of the Reading Terminal Market at the end of October.
Sovalo – The well liked Italian restaurant on 2nd Street in Northern Liberties saw business slip and closed up shop.
Django – Ross Essner shutters the former 4-bell restaurant just off of South Street.
Ecco Qui – The University City pizza and wine spot has been closed and reborn as Mikey’s American Grill and Sports Bar.
Barristers – The Rittenhouse sports bar has been taken over by Cavanaugh’s forces. The interior remains largely the same.
Pita Pocket – The closing of the 16th and Chancellor spot has cost us some of our favorite chicken shawarma but on the good side, Mi Lah Vegetarian has come in to excellent reviews.
Melograno – Forced out of their 22nd and Spruce location, Melograno did resurface to a quaint spot at 20th and Sansom.
Azure – The blow of losing a neighborhood staple like Azure had to be softened somewhat by the arrival of Dos Segundos.
Chaucer’s Tabard Inn – The neighborhood corner bar at 20th and Lombard closed after a long run. Pub & Kitchen took over in the fall and looks set for its own long run.
Kujaku – If you blinked you may have missed this pan-Asian spot that was on the Parkway.
Sansom Street Oyster House – The Sansom Street institution closed as owner Carry Neff filed for bankruptcy protection. But there may be a future as the former owner’s son is interested in reopening the spot.
Sonam – The South Street restaurant made a go of it in what might be another restaurant blackhole.
Striped Bass – Stephen Starr closed Striped Bass at the end of June to make way for his steak and chops spot, Butcher & Singer.
Twenty21 – The big restaurant at the base of Commerce Square called it quits in late June.