2012 Restaurant Closings

December 2012

  • A Full Plate – The Northern Liberties spot has closed and will be opening as Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen in Fishtown.
  • Carman’s Country Kitchen – The colorful Carman Luntzel has closed up her South Philly breakfast joint.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy  Buffett closes the Exton location of his burger chain.
  • Jar Bar – The juice bar on 12th Street didn’t make it a year.
  • Krispy Kreme – Center City’s Krispy Kreme has closed on 16th Street.
  • Sam’s Grille – Wynnewood spot from Susan Schlisman closes after 16 years.
  • Totaro’s – The Conshohocken will close after 51 years.
  • Walnut Room – The club atop Alfa will re-conceptualize after New Year’s Eve.
  • Yolo – It didn’t even live for 3 full months at 12th and Spruce.

November 2012

  • Artful Dodger – Longtime Society Hill bar hs finally closed.
  • Beneluxx – The subterranean bar was sunk by sewer work and a break.
  • The Butcher and The Brewer – The building’s sale is the reason stated for this closing.
  • Union Trust – Government moves to liquidate the steak house.

October 2012

  • Bonte – The waffle spot on 17th Street shut down in the middle of business.
  • Cafe de Laos – Paper is up in the window but is it a permanent closure?

September 2012

  • Aperto – Narberth BYO from John Wolferth closed after just one year.
  • Boilermaker – The people behind Farmers’ Cabinet have closed their younger sibling. Next up, The Butcher & The Brewer.
  • Cafe Estelle – The last day for the Old City/Northern Liberties bruncherie is at the end of the month.
  • Lee’s Hoagie House – The original spot on 19th and Cheltenham has closed after almost 60 years.
  • Leila Cafe – Middle Eastern restaurant could never find the success it had on Pine Street once it moved to South.
  • Santa Fe Burrito – Mexican spot on 11th Street ran out of steam after a decade.
  • Rum Bar – Adam Kanter lost his lease.
  • Tapestry – Maybe the corner of 5th and Bainbridge is just cursed.

August 2012

  • El Fuego – Chestnut Street location of the burrito joint has closed.
  • Zen Nor - The South Street restaurant closes within four months of opening.
  • Sang Kee Newtown Square – After one year Sang Kee closes to make room for Azie Southeast, opening September 5.
  • Sonata – New Thai restaurant Baan Thai will take over the Northern Liberties spot.
  • Buca di Beppo – Italian chain pulls out of its Center City location.

July 2012

  • Gilmore’s – The West Chester staple shut down.
  • Mad River – The Old City location closes but may turn into the rumored Craft & Claw.
  • Mémé – David Katz shutters his restaurant at 22nd and Spruce.
  • Miga – Korean restaurant on 15th St. closes presumably to make room for the new 4-story building coming to 15th & Walnut.
  • Q BBQ – Kevin Meeker closes his Old City barbecue spot.
  • Ramen Boy – Brand new ramen shop closes in six months, giving way to Terakawa Ramen.

June 2012

  • Acapulco – A seafood focused taqueria at 1144 S 9th Street has closed.
  • LaLupe – The 9th and Federal Mexican spot has closed up.

May 2012

  • Fish – Mike Stollenwerk’s seafood restaurant closed suddenly after difficulties with an investor. But Stollenwerk and his investor promise to be back (and they have reopened).
  • Le Cochon Noir – West Philadelphia barbecue and music spot calls it quits.
  • Tiffin Etc. – The Girard Avenue spot next to the original Tiffin is no more.

April 2012

March 2012

  • Blue Bear Tavern – The former Doc Watson’s wasn’t the Blue Bear for long. And it didn’t take long for the Center City spot to reopen as the Boilermaker.
  • Delilah’s – The home of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite mac and cheese has closed and is in bankruptcy.
  • Healthy Bites To Go – Katie Cavuto closed up the consumer facing part of her business. We’ll miss those breakfast sandwiches.
  • Le Bec-Fin – Georges Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin is calling it quits after an exalted 42-year run. Next up for Perrier is a vacation. Next up for Le Bec-Fin is Nicolas Fanucci, a former Le Bec general manager and recent GM at the esteemed French Laundry.

February 2012

  • B.B. Gone – The fusion rice spot gave way to Nom Nom Ramen.
  • Little Bar - The 8th and 8th and Fitzwater bar closed amid much “ickyness.”
  • Mahogany – The Walnut Street cigar bar closes after 15 years.
  • MidAtlantic – Daniel Stern’s University City spot never quite found its groove in the two years it was open.
  • Tritone – The longtime South Street music venue has been sold and will become the Cambridge.

January 2012

  • Arrow Swim Club – The Bart Blatstein/Nicole Cashman alliance lasted just one season. Now Brian Nagele will take a shot at running a swim club.
  • Chenango – The Arrow Swim Club’s restaurant also lasted just one season. Next up is Yellow Fin Grill.
  • Delicatessen – The Chestnut Street deli shuttered after a two year run.
  • DeLorenzo’s – Trenton’s famed pizza spot to close after 65 years.
  • Gaja Gaja – Japanese/Korean spot on South Street did make it four years.
  • Rx – Rx had a good run in West Philadelphia but bowed out after ten plus years.
  • Snow White Diner – The 19th and Chestnut greasy spoon will be missed.
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