2009 Restaurant Closings
- Ava - The Italian BYOB is the latest 3rd Street casualty.
- Kibitz in the City - The deli will be replaced by another deli.
- La Bonne Auberge - It was the knees of Gerard Caronello that did in this New Hope restaurant.
- Mezza Luna - After moving down the block Mezza Luna has checked out.
- Alison at Blue Bell - Alison Barshak closed her BYOB location to focus solely on Alison two.
- Johnny’s New Orleans Pizza Kitchen - John Mims has closed up the pizza operation, expanding his Daddy Mims.
- Kitchen 233 - The PJ Whelihan’s brand turned into Treno Pizza Bar.
- Pond - The Radnor French bistro closed to make way for Floret.
- Vino - The Piazza at Schmidt’s wine bar didn’t close but the original management team is out.
- Zot - The spacious Belgian bar and restaurant on Lombard closed for good in November.
- Alphabet Soup - After a brief comeback the Audubon BYOB closed for good so owner Jayson Grossberg could spend more time with his family.
- Blue Horse - The Blue Bell restaurant closed after five and half years.
- Bonte - The 1315 Walnut Location of Bonte closed.
- Coquette - The French bistro at the cursed corner of 5th and Bainbridge has claimed another restaurant.
- Pond - The Radnor French bistro closed to make way for Floret.
- DuJour Market - The Broad and Pine location of DuJour closed to make way for Chew Man Chu.
- Gayle - Daniel Stern closed his Queen Village bistro as he prepared for the opening of MidAtlantic and R2L.
- Kristian’s - Kristian Leuzzi closed his 11th and Federal Italian restaurant after 11 years.
- Ly Michael’s - The Vietnamese restaurant became Tazia, a more pan-Asian concept.
- Paloma - The French-Mexican spot in the Oxford Circle section of the city closed just short of 10 years.
- Piano Bar - Formerly Cascamorto, the 20th and Arch Street piano bar played itself out in September.
- Soul - The Creole BYOB on Germantown Ave lasted just 8 months.
- Tavern on Broad - JL Sullivan’s reconceptualized into Tavern on Broad.
- Bertolini’s - The Morton’s owned Italian restaurant at the KoP mall has closed.
- Blush - Nick Farina and much have Blush’s staff have moved on to Verdad.
- Carambola - Dresher’s noted restaurant has passed on and is being replaced by a branch of Jenkintown’s West Avenue Grille.
- Goodburger - The New York import never really caught on here. It’ll be most remembered for its relentless dance music.
- Loie - The rittenhouse spot yielded to Zama.
- Marigold Kitchen - Marigold has been sold. There will be a big dinner with past chefs on August 1st.
- Remedy Tea Bar - Landlord difficulties are to blame for this Sansom Street spot’s demise.
- Tangerine - Stephen Starr’s Market Street spot is closed pending a new concept.
- Ansill Food+Wine - Foodies took it hard when David Ansill’s self-named restaurant closed.
- Carmine’s - The creole spot ended its run in Bryn Mawr and is now Verdad.
- Margot - The Narberth BYOB has since been replaced with Gemelli.
- Oceanaire - The opulent ocean liner themed seafood restaurant has been sunk by the economy.
- Pearl & Akoya - First it was Akoya closing but shortly thereafter it was curtains for Pearl.
- Shouk - The Middle Eastern lounge at 6th and Bainbridge has been slapped with a Cease Operations placard.
- Taquet - The Wayne Hotel’s upscale restaurant will not return from renovations.
- Vincent’s - West Chester jazz and blues club is shuttered.
- Bar Amalfi - Al Paris short lived wine bar is being reconcepted.
- Copper Bistro - The Northern Liberties BYOB has called it quits.
- MarBar - The Marathon bar has been rebranded Panda Bar.
- Merl’s - Despite a nice review in City Paper Merl’s has closed.
- Pat Bombino’s - The South Philly Italian has closed its kitchen and is open only as a bar.
- Strongbox - The luxe lounge didn’t last long.
- Susanna Foo - has closed its space on Walnut Street. The Radnor dumpling house remains.
- Bish Bish Cafe - The shortlived Middle Eastern spot only lasted a couple of months.
- Lynda’s Mediterranean - The Passyunk Avenue spot opened but for just a split second. Now it’s closed again.
- Siam Lotus - Craig LaBan’s favorite Thai restaurant has shuttered on Spring Garden.
- Swallow - The writing had been on the wall for awhile. The NoLibs mac and cheese restaurant is gone.
- Frederick’s - Long time Queen Village spot that no one we ever met had been to, finally closed.
- Get Happy - Dave Magrogan and Get Happy weren’t happy about the liquor license situation. Now Get Happy is closed.
- Javier - Haddonfield spot couldn’t overcome internal problems or the economy.
- Les Bons Temps - The good times never got rolling for this New Orleans restaurant.
- Maia - The super concept in Villanova didn’t quite make it a full year.
- Melting Pot - Chestnut Hill’s fondue fixture flamed out.
- Passage to India - The Walnut and Juniper Indian restaurant makes way for an IHOP.
- Philadelphia Fish & Company - The concept has gone as ownership has reshaped the longtime Chestnut Street spot into Q BBQ & Tequila Bar.
- Savona - the Gulph Mills’ restaurant closed for reservations in April.
- Shank’s & Evelyn’s has closed their South Philadelphia landmark. But hopefully we’ll see them soon in Center City.
- Tiedhouse - The Fairmount area gastropub will probably be most remembered for owner Chris Leonard’s guns blazing goodbye.
- North by Northwest - Shut down by L&I they reopened in June.
- Old Original Bookbinders - Bookbinders closed suddenly, sighting mechanical problems. Bankruptcy must be a mechanical problem.
- Paxia - The windows are papered over and the lights are out over the South Philadelphia Mexican.
- Cresheim Cottage Cafe - The Mt. Airy spot was done in by Germantown Avenue construction and the economy.
- Mantra - Al Paris dropped his pan-Asian pub and rechristened the spot Bar Amalfi.
- Genji - The long time Center City spot gave way to Kin Gyo.
- Aoi on Walnut Street closed to become Aki.
- Boathouse Row Bar - The bar inside the Rittenhouse Hotel has closed down.
- Chef’s Market - Long running gourmet on Market has closed its storefront. The catering business remains.
- Cosi, 2nd and Lombard – The Society Hill location of the local chain shut its doors.
- Majolica - The Phoenixville BYO had shut its doors but now it is coming back with the same name but more affordable menu.
- Charlie Brown’s - The Swedesford Rd restaurant has closed.
- Kildare’s - Kildare’s South Street leaves its corporate overlord to become Get Happy.
- Miami Cafe - Plantain flat breads with chorizo sounded so much better than what was delivered.
- Monkey Bar - The luxe lounge on Walnut is closing to be reconceptualized as Strongbox.
- Ong’s - Chinatown’s Ong’s has gone the way of the dodo.