The First Wawa Ever Is Closing Its Doors Today

The first Wawa store. | AP photo courtesy of Wawa Inc.

The first Wawa store. | AP photo courtesy of Wawa Inc.

The original Wawa location in Delaware County is closing down after 52 years on Friday.

The store, located on Ridley Township on MacDade Boulevard, opened on April 16th, 1964. Its closing was announced in 2014. The town won’t be Wawa-less, though. A new, “super” Wawa is opening a few minutes away from the old store this morning.

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Buckminster’s Is Closing

Photo via Buckminster's

Buckminster’s closes after just under seven months | Photo via Buckminster’s

Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal is calling it quits after just under seven months. The Point Breeze restaurant by Michael Pasquarello of 13th Street Kitchens (Prohibition Taproom, Bufad, Cafe Lift, Kensington Quarters) will close after service on Saturday, June 11th. Buckminster’s was piloted by chef Rob Marzinsky in the kitchen. In a statement emailed to Foobooz, Pasquarello stated that Marzinsky is “one of the most talented and driven chefs I know, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with him.” Pasquarello also stated the team would have a place in the restaurant group.

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Rosa Blanca Cafe Being Replaced at Dilworth Park

dilworth park view from cafe 940On Wednesday, June 1st, Dilworth Park will have a new cafe. Brûlée Catering is taking over the cafe which has been run by Garces Events as Rosa Blanca Cafe. On Thursday, May 26th, the cafe will close for renovations. Brûlée will provide a concession in front of the building to accommodate park visitors through the changeover.

The new cafe will offer a menu of American cuisine, sandwiches, salads and healthy snacks. The cafe will also offer coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails.

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Hop Sing Laundromat Is Not Closing

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There are some rumors floating around out there in the restaurant world that , the most recognizable face behind Hop Sing Laundromat (and occasional spokesman for the North Korean government), is closing down his Chinatown bar and moving on.

We can say with confidence that this is not true.

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The Center City Turf Club Has Closed

Center City Turf Club - Closed

Center City’s off-track betting parlor is no more.

The Turf Club, the OTB nestled below 1635 Market Street and connected to the underground concourse, recently sported signs on it saying it has closed. Parx, the racetrack and casino in Bensalem which runs the Turf Clubs, did not return a request for comment. The location has been removed from its website and there is no answer at its listed phone number.

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Kaufman’s Deli Looks Closed

kaufmans deli closed 940On Friday a sign said that Kaufman’s Deli at 19th and Ranstead was closed due to mechanical issues. On Monday evening the sign was larger, stating the successor to Famous 4th Street Deli was closed for a private party. Inside the bags of rolls spotted on Friday remained on a table beside the door.

A phone call revealed a disconnected number. It doesn’t look good for the deli which recently began pushing BYOB dinners and smaller sandwich options.

Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman

Colleen and Josh Lawler | Photo by Jason Varney

Colleen and Josh Lawler are closing their BYOB | Photo by Jason Varney

Eater’s Alex Tewfik has the scoop on Josh Lawler’s plans to close his the Farm and Fisherman BYOB on Pine Street. Lawler is closing his vastly popular 30-seat walk-in freezer free restaurant after five-years in order to work on other projects including a second version of his The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market plus a bigger place in the city.

No details on when and where the other projects will appear. The Farm and Fisherman will be open till the end of May.

The Farm and Fisherman Closing With Big Plans for the Future [Eater]
The Farm and Fisherman [Foobooz]

Palm Restaurant Employees Could Have Soft Landing at SugarHouse

sugarhouse casino 940The Palm Restaurant is closing for an extensive renovation that will see the Broad Street restaurant close on February 29th and not reopen until late in the fourth quarter at the earliest. With the extended closure, the Palm’s long tenured front-and-back-of-the-house pros were looking at an uncertain future.

Today, SugarHouse Casino and the Palm Restaurant have announced that SugarHouse will offer jobs to all of the Palm’s staff. SugarHouse is completing a $164 million expansion that will add seven food and beverage outlets that will include its own steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House.

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Petruce et al Closes

The fire's out at Petruce.

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]

The Palm to Close for Overhaul

the palm philadelphia 400The Palm at the Bellevue will close after service on Monday, February 29th for a complete overhaul. The restaurant expects to be closed until late 2016 or early 2017.

The revamped Palm steakhouse will have seating for more than 150 guests. A new bar will anchor the dining room and the private dining room will be relocated to the main level of the restaurant.

Have no fear, the caricatures which are so much a part of the Palm will continue to be a part of the restaurant.

Palm at the Bellevue [Official]

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