“You have reached the number of a business that has closed.” That’s what you’ll hear if you call the phone number for Sugar Mom’s, the storied Old City bar at 225 Church Street. Read more »
Hybird, the fried chicken collaboration between Stephen Starr and Questlove located at the Chelsea Market in New York has closed. The fried chicken stand received plenty of buzz but a Questlove post on Facebook hints there were poor sales and maybe some other factors at play.
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]
Red Mango, the international frozen yogurt chain that came to Philadelphia well after the froyo trend had seemingly slowed has closed its location at 15th and Locust after just 15 months.
Chestnut7 in Chestnut Hill has closed after a little over two years in business. Chestnut7 is part of the Public House Investments group that includes City Tap House, Public House, Field House, Pennsylvania 6 and several other concepts from New York to Las Vegas. The group also closed Mission Grill at 19th and Arch in August. But the group is getting close to open a City Tap House in Washington D.C.
It sucks that the last day of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden is this rainy Friday. But tonight at 5:30 p.m. will indeed be the last call at the at 313 S Broad Street. PHS chief of staff Nancy Goldenberg and University of Arts president Sean Buffington will make remarks and project some of the 1,00 images guests posted to social media over the past five months onto the garden wall.
The amazing garden has been visited by more than 28,000 guests who undoubtedly felt similar to Craig LaBan who wrote, “the sensation of stumbling upon an unexpected urban oasis is almost magical.”
This past summer was a particularly tumultuous one for the Philadelphia restaurant scene, with more than 50 notable restaurants opening or closing within a four-month time frame. Here, in chart form, is what we gained and lost (in terms of cuisine) from May to September of 2013.
First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
A few weeks back, we heard a rumor that C19 in Rittenhouse Square was shutting down. So we did what we always do–made a couple calls, got one of the managers on the blower and asked him, point-blank, what was going on at the restaurant.
He told us that he had no idea what we were talking about, that there were no plans to shut the restaurant down and that we should really find better sources and be careful about what rumors we believe.
The writing has been the wall at Rittenhouse Tavern for quite some time. When Nick Elmi announced he was leaving the attractive restaurant tucked into the Art Alliance, he told Michael Klein that Restaurant Associates (Rittenhouse Tavern’s corporate overlord) had offered him the opportunity to take over the business. Elmi declined and the restaurant continued to operate through the summer. Last week, Eater reported that it was hearing solid reports that the restaurant would close in late September or early October.
A look at OpenTable today shows that the last reservations available after Saturday, September 28th.
Meanwhile if you are looking to eat Elmi’s food again, you’ll have to wait till November when he opens Laurel on East Passyunk. Elmi will also be competing on Top Chef New Orleans which debuts on Wednesday, October 2nd.
Photo by Jason Varney
It used to be that the first of the year was the death knell for restaurants. Establishments that couldn’t bare the expense of making it through the winter months often bowed out right after the busy holiday season. But this year we’re seeing shutterings and sales right after Labor Day.
As we mentioned yesterday, Sophia’s didn’t return from summer vacation but it is far from the only closure or sale we’ve seen over the last couple of days. Michael Klein reports on the seeming demise of Village Belle. And today he has news that City Garden has closed at 18th and JFK after 16-years. Maybe Neil Stein is finally ready to take it over?