Closings is Foobooz’s list of restaurants, bars and clubs that have come and gone from Philadelphia’s dining scene. We remember you fondly.
Last updated 9/30/2013
- C-19 – The cichetteria says it is re-conceptualizes just off of Rittenhouse Square.
- City Garden – Chinese restaurant closes at 18th and JFK after 16 years.
- Rittenhouse Tavern – The lovely dining room didn’t make it as Rittenhouse Tavern. It will be reborn as Pierre Calmels’ Le Cheri.
- Artisserie Cafe – University City dessert cafe called it quits before the school year began.
- Mission Grill – It was a six year run for the Arch Street Southwestern spot. But as the owner said, “it had run its course.”
- Paesano’s in Woody’s – Never made it to the Paesano’s operation in Woody’s? Not a surprise, it lasted less than two months.
- Pumpkin Market – High rent was blamed for the small market going under.
- Port Richmond Pour House – John Boswell just wanted to open a bar. Unfortunately not enough people traveled up to Port Richmond to support it.
- Sister’s – The lesbian-friendly nightclub ended its run after 17 years.
- Sophia’s – The anticipated return of chef Christopher Lee fizzled and his East Passyunk restaurant did not return from summer vacation.
- Village Belle – The Queen Village Italian restaurant bowed out after three years.
- Betty’s Speakeasy – The hours were always spotty, but now it is gone for good from Grays Ferry Avenue.
- Blackbird Dining Establishment – The Collingswood eatery is looking to move into Philadelphia. Next up for the Haddon Avenue location, Benny’s Burger Joint
- Chick’s Social – One of Philadelphia’s first spots to get a great craft cocktail is calling it quits.
- Chifa – You’re not really a restaurateur until you have to close a restaurant. Jose Garces closes up Chifa to make way for a Cuban diner concept.
- Georges’ – Once, Georges Perrier’s other restaurant, it is under new ownership and coming back as Peppercorn.
- Gino’s – The rebirth of the fast food burger chain is sputtering with the closure of their King of Prussia location.
- Koo Zee Doo – The beloved Portuguese BYOB didn’t renew its lease in Northern Liberties.
- Thai Singa House – The West Philly Thai restaurant is being torn down to make way for a new development. Thai Singa will resurface this fall.
- Bonte – The Belgian waffle spot closed its final location in June.
- Chops Steakhouses – We’re not really sure how the Washington Square location hung on so long. The City Avenue location also closed.
- Le Bec Fin – After 43-years the Philadelphia institution is fin.
- Lee’s Hoagie House (West Philadelphia) – The hoagie shop at 4034 Walnut Street is making way for a fried chicken shop.
- Palace at the Ben – The Indian restaurant at the Ben Franklin finally folds.
- Spiga – The Italian spot at 13th and Locust is making way for another location of Nomad Pizza.
- Square Peg – The comfort/gimmick food restaurant closed.
- Underdogs (Italian Market) – They gave it a good try but 9th Street didn’t work out for the hot dog guys.
- Beauty Shop Cafe – The former “world headquarters” of Foobooz was sold to the guys from Farmers’ Cabinet.
- District 611 – The ambitious pizza joint in Riverton wasn’t able to make a go of it.
- Golosa Chocolate Bar – The Bella Vista dessert spot had a good run.
- Italiano’s – The South Philly water ice institution has not reopened this year after the death of Frankie Italiano.
- NoBl – The Sycamore sibling never quite found its way in Lansdowne.
- Pure Tacos – The Center City and Ocean City taco spots closed up. Center City never really caught on.
- Tria Wine Room – We’ll miss the intimate wine room from the Tria team
- DeLorenzo’s – The Hamilton Avenue pizza shop in Trenton closes after 52 years.
- Latest Dish – The South Street restaurant was there for what seemed like an eternity. Now the location is going to be a second Kabobeesh.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill – Cursed space or is the rent too high? Goodburger and Famous Dave’s couldn’t make it work either.
- Plate – The Ardmore restaurant did have a ten-year run.
- Scoop de Ville – The Center City ice cream parlor closed but has since resurfaced at 1315 Walnut Street.
- Fish – The long saga that was Fish was finally put to bed in March.
- JoJo Place – The Asian spot at 2004 Chestnut Street has made way for roti rolls.
- Grillicious – Formerly Crisp, it wasn’t a long run after changing names.
- Kris – Kristian Leuzzi’s sit-down restaurant is now Tiffin Bistro.
- La Petite Dauphine – The French cafe on Walnut Street lasted just 9 months.
- Percy Street at the Comcast Center – The Center City outpost of South Street’s Percy Street closed, leaving Comcasters barbecue free.
- Rimedio – The West Philly successor to Rx is no more. But Rx Farmacy is coming up.
- Ugly American – The Pennsport bar shutters after five years.
- 943 – Pat Cancelliere’s Italian Market BYOB always got praise but never crowds.
- Circles (Bala) – Yeah, that Circles in Bala Cynwyd? It didnt’ work out so well.
- Ralic’s Steakhouse – The Haddonfield steakhouse is bailing out.