2013 Restaurant Closings

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

September 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.

August 2013

  • 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.

July 2013

  • 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.

June 2013

  • 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.

May 2013

  • 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

April 2013

  • 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.

March 2013

  • 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.

February 2013

  • 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.

January 2013

  • Craft & Claw – The critics couldn’t save the Mad River successor.
  • Numa Sushi Bar – The 18th Street sushi spot might become Spike Mendelsohn’s burger joint.
  • Rhino Bar – The big property at 1234 Locust Street never reopened after a “flood.”
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