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. Novemeber 2009
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. October 2009
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. September 2009
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. August 2009
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. July 2009
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. June 2009
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. May 2009
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. April 2009
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. March 2009
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. February 2009
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. January 2009
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.