Closings on South Street West

Photo: Naked Philly

Photo: Naked Philly

There are plenty of reasons to be bullish on South Street west of Broad but a couple established businesses are on the way out. The Philly Cupcake location at 20th and South has closed after nine months. The cupcake shop proprietors had a disagreement with their landlords and according to Michael Klein, there were suits and countersuits. The original Philly Cupcake remains at 12th and Chestnut. We’re with Naked Philly in hoping the next tenant chooses a more subtle color palette.

Also closing, is 15th and South’s Baja Room. The odd Mexican joint has been a mainstay at that intersection but we never got understood the Best of New York sticker in the window or the claims that celebrities ate there. According to Naked Philly, Baja Room will resurface at 1001 East Passyunk.

We’re intrigued to see what’s next for these corners.

In apparent landlord spat, Philly Cupcake closes on South Street [Naked Philly]
Another vacancy coming to another South Street West corner [Naked Philly]

News for People Who Like Bad News

We haven’t done a wrap-up like this for some time, not that we haven’t reported any bad news but these all came across our desk in short time.

Gardenia at the Art Alliance is closing after brunch this Sunday. This bad news comes with a promising silver lining. The attractive space just off of Rittenhouse Square won’t be dark long, Restaurant Associates which manages the space will have in-house chef Ed Brown remaking the restaurant and hiring a Philadelphia chef. The design is being done by Elisabeth Knapp who has also designed Zahav, Xochitl and Percy Street Barbecue.

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