Remember when “modern Spanish tapas” restaurants were all the rage? It was a grand ol’ time (in the early ’00s), when chefs could charge big mark-ups on tiny bites of food dressed in micro-greens, stamp the word “tapas” on it, and sling it out into the dining room where hungry guests would crowd around three peas on a shiny earthenware share-plate and call it a night. We loved it. Ate it up. Small plates? How European.
And then, we — like we always do — got bored of it. Sure, Amada, Tinto, and Jamonera are all still there, alive and well. But we maxed out with our frou-frou Spanish restaurants, and slowly but surely, the tapas craze came to an end.
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The fire’s out at Petruce.
The writing has been on the wall for awhile now at Petruce et al. The space has been for lease, the et al has scattered. Opening bartender George Costa left the business for central PA fly fishing, general manager Tim Kweeder left for Kensington Quarters and even Justin Petruce left his brother Jonathan to go work for Kevin Sbraga in Jacksonville, Florida.
The restaurant made it through a return engagement of Book of Mormon performing across the street at the Forrest Theater and Valentine’s Day but is now darkened.
The restaurant received excellent reviews but never seemed to receive the following needed to thrive.
Petruce et al remains on the market and will be available for events and collaborations for the time being.
Petruce et al [Foobooz]
Back in 2013, back when Justin and Jonathan Petruce had just signed a lease for their Walnut Street restaurant, the p-word (one that isn’t their last name) got thrown around a lot.
“So the place is going to have a wood-fired oven?”
“And Jonathan Petruce staged at a pizzeria in Naples?”
“So there’s gonna be pizza at Petruce, right?”
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