2011 Restaurant Closings

December 2011

  • 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 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

  •  - 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.
  •  - 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.
  •  - The paddlewheeler is dead in the water in under one year.
  •  - 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..
  •  - 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.
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