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.