2011 Restaurant Closings
Fish – Mike Stollenwerk’s seafood restaurant closed on Lombard Street to make way for Fish at 13th and Locust.
Lafayette Grill – The BYOB never seemed crowded on the western end of Northern Liberties.
Marathon – The Marathon locations at 10th and Walnut and 13th and Chestnut are goners.
Pho 75 – The Chinatown location of the chain closed, next in is Nan Zho.
Raw at the Piazza – Raw as originally imagined has closed at the Piazza. Will it come back as a different nightlife-centric venue?
Rick’s Steaks – The Liberty Place version of Rick’s closed on the last day of the year.
Ted’s Montana Grill – Ted Turner’s mega restaurant closed after seven years at Broad and Spruce. November 2011
Fathom Seafood House – Mike Stollenwerk sold his seafood bar to co-owner Rob Holloway, it is now East Girard Gastropub (EGG).
Konak – The Old City Turkish restaurant closed after an eight year run.
Public House Wilmington – The Delaware branch of the local chain closed after business on the night before Thanksgiving.
Swanky Bubbles – The Old City bar’s appearance on Bar Rescues wasn’t enough to save it.
Tbar – The 12th Street tea shop closed it’s brick and mortar location. The business is now all online as a tea retailer. October 2011
L’Oca – The sign said it all, “L’Oca is closed forever.”
Philly Diner – The diner’s closing shocked UPenn’s campus. September 2011
Adsum – The buzzed about restaurant closed to become Tapestry, a more accessible gastropub.
Argan Moroccan Cuisine – The subterranean Moroccan restaurant quietly called it quits.
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique – It was decided that the Liberty Place Brown Betty was enough and the 20th Street location closed.
Latin Farmer – The food truck wasn’t around long. It “took a break” in September and shortly afterwards it was put up for sale.
Trattoria Alla Costiera – The Italian BYOB closed and another Italian BYOB, Ulivo has moved in. August 2011
Jake’s Custard Stand – The Paoli spot closed after just a short run.
Noble Cookery – The well liked Sansom Street restaurant closed to make way for Il Pittore.
Pale Horse – The West Chester gastropub closed suddenly.
Paradigm – The Old City veteran closed and is now an Italian restaurant.
Portofino – The long-serving Italian restaurant closed “for renovations.” It is now the Walnut Street Supper Club.
Biba – Tria’s little cousin in University City was rebranded with the Tria name in August. July 2011
Catelli – Voorhees Italian restaurant retires. Chef Lou Imbesi is looking to open a more casual spot at the Voorhees Town Center.
Ernesto’s 1521 Cafe – The Spruce Street Italian restaurant is calling it quits after 19 years.
Far From Home Cafe – Bigger ambitions have shuttered our favorite empanada food truck.
Gardenia – The lovely but under appreciated restaurant at the Art Alliance has closed.
Horizons – The much-praised vegan restaurant is making way for a much-praised pizzeria. Closing anticipated for around July 4th.
Illuminaire – The longtime Fairmount bar and restaurant is done.
Philadelphia Belle – The paddlewheeler is dead in the water in under one year.
Renaissance Sausage – Renaissance Sausage Truck is going off the road. The sausage will live on in retail. June 2011
Almanac Market – The Northern Liberties market goes out attacking its lack of support.
Avril – Husband and wife BYO in Narberth ends it after two years..
Kokopelli – The Southwestern tequila bar and restaurant has gone purely club.
Pastoral Korean – The 13th Street Korean spot now sports a For Rent sign.
Tweed – Edward Bianchini cleared the place out and closed for good. Much to the surprise of the landlord. May 2011
Artisserie Chocolate Cafe – The 18th Street successor to Naked Chocolate didn’t survive more than a week after the original Naked Chocolate Cafe closed.
Harry G Ochs – Reading Terminal institution exits amid lawsuits after 105 years.
Haru – The Japanese and sushi spot in Old City closes after six years.
Hoof + Fin – Queen Village Argentinian BYOB will close before the end of May.
Italian Bistro – Broad Street’s Italian Bistro will become a cafe for University of the Arts students.
James – Highly regarded Bella Vista restaurant shuts down. We wait to see what’s next for chef/owner Jim Burke.
Marathon Grill – The 40th Street location of the mini-chain couldn’t agree to a new lease.
Marrakesh Express – West Moroccan quick serve in West Philadelphia closes.
Naked Chocolate Cafe – The delicious chocolatier closes on Walnut Street.
Tuscany Cafe – The longtime Rittenhouse Square coffee shop has closed at 19th and Locust. April 2011
Arbol Cafe – The Northern Liberties spot closed and sold off all its equipment via Craigslist.
Charlie’s Pub – The Old City pub bowed out with one last blowout night.
Fork & Barrel – The East Falls beer bar was vacated without warning leaving to the landlord to file suit.
MangoMoon – The Manayunk Thai restaurant closed to make way for a new concept.
Unitea – West Philadelphia spot lasted less than a year on 44th Street.
Warsaw Cafe – The 31-year old Eastern European restaurant closed for good in April. March 2011
Crocodile – The Old City bar with the free pizza gimmick couldn’t hang on.
Jolly’s Dueling Pianos – The piano bar left its 20th and Chestnut location for the greener pastures of the Academy House. February 2011
Center City Grille – The revolving door of concepts at 20th and Ludlow makes way for Xchange Bar.
Flying Monkey Deuce – The Locust Street patisserie closes shop on Feb. 1.
Jerry’s Bar – Northern Liberties diviest dive bar closes.
La Terrasse – The Sansom Way institution in University City closed after a decades long run.
Los Jalapenos – South Philadelphia favorite closes its doors at the end of February. Its sibling Tres Jalapenos lives on.
Snackbar – Jonathan Makar is closing his tiny Rittenhouse spot to focus on his flowers business.
Society Hill Hotel – The chillest spot in Old City closed down its restaurant/bar and hotel. January 2011
401 Diner – Conshohocken diner goes from 24-hours to zero hours.
Arsenal – Delaware restaurant sold off all its furnishings and closed.
Bocelli – Chestnut Hill restaurant gives way to Stella Sera.
Crawdaddy’s – The West Chester restaurant makes way for Toast Tavern.
Kavei – The pho spot on Oregon Avenue has become Ha Saigon.
Pace One – Concordville fave met its maker.
Simon Pearce – West Chester area gift shop and restaurant closes.
Solaris Grille – It was a bad month for Chestnut Hill as Solaris Grille’s 15-year run came to an end.