2008 Restaurant Closings

December 2008

  • 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.

November 2008

  • Sushi On the Square - The casual sushi joint at 20th and Locust has shut down and is becoming a FroYo emporium.

October 2008

  • 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.

September 2008

  • 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.

August 2008

  • Barristers - The Rittenhouse sports bar has been taken over by  Cavanaugh’s forces. The interior remains largely the same.

July 2008

  • 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.

June 2008

  • 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.

May 2008

  • Clementine’s Bistro - The Passyunk eatery got good reviews but only lasted a year.
  • Kaizan - We wonder why restaurants keep trying to make the Academy House work. Kaizan only lasted 6 months.
  • Overtures - The long time South Street respite from South Street sailed into the past tense in May.

April 2008

  • 707 - After one year and “concept debacles” 707 closed. Less than a year later Chifa will take the space.
  • Cafe Gelato - The 6th and Chestnut gelato spot never seemed to catch on like Capogiro.
  • Deuce - The Liberties Walk bar and restaurant went through a ton of chefs in its short existance. Now it is El Camino Real.
  • Hamlet Bistro - The quaint Mt. Airy restaurant closed up at the end of April.
  • Wawa - The end of April saw the closing of the 2nd Center City Wawa as the 20th and Chestnut Street location closed.

March 2008

  • La Creole Cafe - The always mysterious La Creole shuttered in May. We’re still waiting for the Creole replacement.

February 2008

  • Grape Street Pub - Manyunk’s live music venue closed to make way for a Mad River.
  • Ludwig’s Biergarten - Center City’s lone German restaurant and bar stopped pouring for good in Feb. ’08.
  • Wawa - The Wawa at the Dorchester closed on Leap Day amid a candlelit vigil.

January 2008

  • Lakeside Chinese Deli - Dim Sum enthusiasts were sad to hear the Chinatown spot’s owners had decided to call it a career.
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