In a post to Facebook on Friday afternoon, Bar Ferdinand announced that it is closing after service on Monday, October 10th. The restaurant has been open for more than ten years, initially a bellwether of the Northern Liberties becoming the hip new neighborhood and then in more recent times, a sign of stability as the fortunes of the Piazza and Northern Liberties have ebbed and flowed.
The Cosi restaurant chain has filed for bankruptcy and according to USA Today, 29 of the 74 company owned stores have closed. In Philadelphia that means that the stores at 12th and Walnut and 15th and Locust are closed. 17th and Market and 140 South 36th Street are confirmed open. Calls to 4th and Chestnut and 30th Street Station were not answered. Stores that are franchised (there are 31 of those) have not been affected by the closures.
Scratch Biscuits, the quick-serve biscuit sandwiches spot at 1306 Chestnut Street by chef Mitch Prensky, closed after a year in business. Prensky posted a photo of the closure notice, hanging in the window of Scratch Biscuits, on Facebook today. Prensky thanked all his customers who gave the store a try.
He also says Scratch Biscuits will continue to appear at Night Markets and at other pop-ups throughout the summer. Follow @ScratchBiscuits on Twitter for more announcements.
Serafina is going to be taken over by Stephen Starr. The Italian restaurant from New York landed with significant fanfare in 2011. It was immediately the place to see and be seen but its bloom faded quickly with lackluster and comically bad reviews. Then there was the Cliff Lee incident. And since then, the restaurant has gotten by on tourists, Rittenhouse Square lifers and its location on bustling 18th Street. According to Michael Klein, Serafina will remain open through November before Starr moves in.
Starr has not settled on a concept for the 160-seat restaurant and the Bunker LLC on the liquor license doesn’t give too much away. We’re guessing it isn’t a golf or World War I themed restaurant.
I haven’t had a chance to eat at Palladino’s on Passyunk yet, and it sounds like I may have missed my opportunity. Read more »
Rotisseur, Center City’s rotisserie chicken spot on 21st Street near Chestnut has closed after five years in business. Owner Aaron Matzkin posted a note on Facebook thanking the customers and his staff.
Rotisseur won Best of Philly awards for best rotisserie chicken in 2014 and best quick lunch in 2012. Since that 2012 Best of, Center City has seen an explosion of deep-pocketed fast-serve lunch spots spring up, certainly not helping Rotisseur’s business.
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.
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.
On 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.
There are some rumors floating around out there in the restaurant world that Lê, 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.