2010 Restaurant Closings
Black Angus – South Street restaurant closes its doors.
Hasu – 1326 Spruce Street goes through restaurants
Spaghetti Warehouse – 20 year run on Spring Garden comes to an end.
Swift Half – The Good Dog sibling bowed out after a year and a half at Bart Blatstein’s Piazza at Schmidt’s.
T.A. Flannery’s – Old school bar at 21st and Ludlow has called it a career.
Vesuvio – The Bella Vista bar is at least closed for renovations. November 2010
Khyber – The Old City institution has ended live music. Now it’s the Khyber Pass Pub with a focus on Southern food and good beer.
Marketplace at East Falls – The indoor market has closed its doors. October 2010
APO Bar + Lounge – The fine cocktail trailblazer goes one ice.
Denim – The Walnut Street club quietly gave way to Wisper.
Falafel Factory – The quick-serve falafel spot couldn’t make it a year.
Meredith’s – The Berwyn spot has become Aneu, a bistro and wine bar.
Ron’s Ribs – The South Street BBQ spot is closed for renovations.
Ro-Zu – There was always something a bit off about this well received sushi spot. September 2010
Kildares – The King of Prussia Irish bar is out.
Leila Cafe – The popular restaurant is moving from its 13th and Pine corner to South Street.
Muntin – It wasn’t there long enough to establish an identity. Now it’s Hasu.
O Sandwiches – The 9th Street banh mi spot has shuttered.
PJ Henry’s – The Ardmore bar has become Cantina Diablo.
PrivÃ© – The once hot Old City bi-level is going sushi.
Sam’s Grill – The Jenkintown restaurant from Susan SchlismanÂ has left us.
Texas-Wieners – The Collingswood hot dog spot is making way for the Kitchen Consigliere. August 2010
Artful Dodger – The longtime Society Hill bar closed suddenly with the locks changed.
Bobby Chez – The crab cake emporium blames Philadelphia’s business environment for its demise.
Hot Potato Cafe – Gordon Ramsay couldn’t save the Fishtown potato restaurant.
Nicholas – The Pennsport restaurant has succumbed after a vacation.
NoVi – The Hamilton Street bar and restaurant has made way for Philly Pub n’ Grub.
Pour House – The East Falls tavern is calling it quits after 5-years on Ridge.
Shundeez – Chestnut Hill’s Perisian restaurant at the top of the Hill has closed.
Sonsie – The Atlantic City Â restaurant on the Pier at Caesar’s is “closed for renovations.”
Thomas’ – The better Main Street bar has made way for The Workhorse. July 2010
Bebe’s Barbecue – The 9th Street barbecue storefront is at least closed for the summer.
Cafe Spice – The 10-year old Indian veteran of Old City ceased operations.
Darlings Coffee Shop – The original Darling’s has closed at 20th and Pine.
Headhouse – The gastropub closed after just about a month when the chef left.
Kingyo – The Japanese restaurant at 1720 Sansom went quietly.
Kong – The sleek Hong Kong street-food restaurant never really hit its stride.
Roy’s – The Hawaiian themed chain has closed at 15th and Sansom. A new concept is expected by winter. June 2010
Bistro Americana – The corner location wasn’t enough to save this Collingswood BYOB. Up next is That’s Amore.
Cacia’s Bakery – The Northern Liberties bakery did not renew its lease.
Domenico’s – Blue Bell branch of Ventnor classic only lasted 7-months.
Floret – It was only a handful of months for this Main Line restaurant.
JR’s Lounge – The former Camac Martini Lounge couldn’t make a go of it at this Locust Street location.
King George II – The restaurant on the banks of the Delaware in Bristol lost out to the economy.
Naked Chocolate Cafe – Two locations have closed and are being re-conceptualized as Artiserrie Cafes.
Saute – The Front Street restaurant has closed and will be re-born Catahoula.
Tequila Joe’s – Center Square restaurant closed in spot that also didn’t work as Solaris Grille. May 2010
Chew Man Chu – The Avenue of the Arts restaurant lasted just 6-months.
Demetris – West Philadelphia restaurant has closed after less than 6 months.
Drafting-Room – The Spring House incarnation has closed among rumors of bigger problems.
Jasper John’s – Bad luck and bad timing did in this Downingtown restaurant.
Jimmy Johns – The West Chester institution fell to fire just a day short of its 70th anniversary.
Patou – The Old City French spot lasted six years, though it was on the market for some time.
Ro-Zu – The well received Japanese restaurant lasted less than two months.* It’s back but with a new chef.
Swanky-Bubbles – The Cherry Hill outpost of this Old City lounge is done.
Thoreau – The vegetarian restaurant on Spring Garden where Root was didn’t have any better of a fate. April 2010
City Grange – The restaurant with the ambitious press releases is now City Bar & Grill.
Little Fish – Structural problems have caused Mike Stollenwerk’s restaurant to close.
Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus – The longstanding jazz club closed after 23-years.
Sly Fox Brewery – The Sly Fox Phoenixville location moved across Route 113.
Twenty Manning – Audrey Claire Taichman’s Twenty Manning gave way to Twenty Manning Grill, a more neighborhoody establishment. March 2010
Alison Two – Alison Barshak’s remaining restaurant followed Alison at Blue Bell into the past tense.
Skinner’s Pub – The Old City oasis has been bought by Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson and will become Mac’s Tavern. February 2010
Dr. Watson’s – The 11th Street bar is being sold and transformed into Sherlock’s Tavern, an English-style pub.
Maru – This short-lived replacement for Anjou only lasted a month.
MÃ©lange CafÃ© – The Cherry Hill location has closed. January 2010
Chickpeas – The South Street falafel store has closed at 630 South Street.
Fellini Cafe – Paoli restaurant has declared bankruptcy.
Genuine Bread & Specialty Shop – West Philadelphia home cooking spot is closed and is selling its equipment.
Pink Rose Pastry Shop – The 4th and Bainbridge bakery had been open since 1985.
Michael’s Cafe – East Passyunk Ave storefront closed on Jan. 10.
Misso – The well liked but rarely busy Misso closed at 1326 Spruce Street. The space has since reopened as Muntin.
Shinju – Locust Street sushi spot is closing and moving to Walnut where it will be known as Fat Salmon.
Vino – The Piazza wine bar has ceded to Apollinare.
Word of Mouth – The casual Collingswood eatery has shuttered.