On Friday, February 21st the building Hawthornes Beer Cafe resides in was heavily damaged by an electrical fire. The fire started in one of the apartments above the beer and brunch spot, leaving the building uninhabitable for the residents and Hawthornes. This weekend the staff of Hawthornes sent out an update to their email list.
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Matthew Feldman launched his Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck in late 2011. His burgers and shakes were well received and he was a popular truck wherever he set up. So it was a surprise today to see that he’s shutting down the truck. No word on what’s next for Feldman who at one time hoped to open a jazz club in Newbold.
His note on Facebook »
Remember what a big deal it was when Crumbs Bake Shop came to town? We reported on the announcement, tracked the location in Rittenhouse Square and it even made the news when their awning went up. Cupcake aficionados were honestly excited about this publicly-traded, bi-coastal operation coming to Philly.
Well, now the Rittenhouse location is closed. It lasted just over a year in its space, and such a rapid departure for a proven operation like Crumbs has us thinking: Does this closure say something about us as a city?
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Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe has closed in Northeast Philadelphia. The Jewish bakery had been in business for 54-years. The details are scant but a message in the windows and on the web site says the closure is permanent.
It is with a very sad and heavy heart to tell you that Hesh’s Bakery is now closed and will not be reopening. We thank you for your patronage. We will miss you
Michael Klein has some more reaction on the surprising closure.
Hesh’s Bakery Is Closed [The Insider]
Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe [Official]
Goodbye Lucy’s Hat Shop, hello CVS.
December 31st isn’t just New Year’s Eve for these bars. It also means the end of of times for The Blockley, Alfa/The Ten Six Club and Lucy’s Hat Shop. Each bar is closing for good as new development and rising rents are forcing them out.
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On Thursday night, we learned that West Philadelphia bar/music venue The Blockley is closing at the end of December. Formerly the home of the Chestnut Cabaret, where bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana played before they made it big, the Blockley opened in 2009 and recently added a Jolly’s Piano Bar component. Read more »
Since its debut in 2009, West Philadelphia music venue The Blockley has hosted the likes of Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Marco Benevento and the Mickey Hart Band, as well as many performances featuring popular Grateful Dead tribute act Splintered Sunlight. But soon those acts will have to find another stage to play in Philadelphia, because the Blockley is closing at the end of December, confirms the club’s management.
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“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.
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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]