Center City’s La Creperie Closes After 18 Years

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie Cafe at 1722 Sansom Street has closed after 18 years. The French BYOB specialized in crepes and also offered Sunday brunch. But with prices of all the crepes starting north of $10 and some hitting $18, it never seemed that crowded a spot and as lunchtime competition boomed, it isn’t particularly surprising the cafe closed.

A sign on the door (in English and French) explained La Creperie was still available for catering.

The long narrow space is directly next to Susanna Foo’s Suga, which looked to be in its final stages of construction this afternoon.

Brown Betty’s Closing Liberty Place Location

brown betty liberty place 400Brown Betty Dessert Boutique will be closing its “petite” location within the Shops at Liberty Place. The bakery is consolidating its brick-and-mortar operations in Northern Liberties while it pursues what a release is calling “several very exciting new wholesale opportunities.”

The flagship location at 722 North 2nd Street will remain open for business and extend its hours slightly, opening the bakery at 11am daily (instead of 12pm) beginning February 19th.

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

Bankruptcy Round Up: Tony’s Baltimore Grill and Johnny Manana’s

Tony's Baltimore Grill has filed for bankruptcy protection but remains open.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill has filed for bankruptcy protection but remains open.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City has filed for bankruptcy. Co-owner Christopher Tarsitano tells the Atlantic City Press that a $715,000 bill for withdrawing from a pension fund is to blame. In 2014, the business left Local 54, the Atlantic City hospitality workers union and the National Retirement Fund. Tarsitano says the business was paying$10-15,000 per month for ten employees to receive health and pension benefits. By withdrawing from the fund, the business is on the hook for a “withdrawal liability.” That’s where the $715,000 comes from. Tarsitano tells the Press, the business will not close and remains open as it has since 1927.

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PIG Only Makes It a Month

pig-girard-400712 West Girard Avenue is looking like a cursed restaurant spot. It has already been home to Union Taco, Eat, a revolving pop-up restaurant space and now PIG. PIG didn’t last much longer than one of Eat’s pop-ups. The pork-centric restaurant opened December 15th and is already closed.

PIG’s Facebook page announced the closure on January 16th with the terse message:

PIG IS CLOSED!
Thanks for the support.
PIG IS CLOSED!

PIG [Facebook]

More News for People Who Like Bad News

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Despite sandwiches like this grilled cheese, 1st Ward only lasted six months.

The casualties keep on piling up in the early days of 2016. 1st Ward Sandwiches is closing after business on Friday, January 8th. The Pennsport sandwich shop lasted just six months. Owner Paul Frost announced the closure on Facebook.

Potito’s Bakery which has survived in South Philadelphia for 31 years couldn’t make it three in Center City. A note in the window at Walnut and Juniper Streets urged customers to visit their other stores. In addition to the original at 1614 Ritner Street, there are outposts in Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood.

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Original Honeygrow to Close for Upgrades

Honeygrow's original location will close for 5-6 weeks.

Honeygrow’s original location will close for 5-6 weeks.

When you open seven fast casual stir-fry and salad spots in four years, you learn some things along the way. That has been the case for Honeygrow and now their original location at 110 South 16th Street is showing its age. So they will be closing the location for 5-6 weeks at the end of the month to upgrade the kitchens, update the kiosks and improve the flow of service which clearly was an issue when the popular lunch spot was crowded. The closure will also allow Honeygrow to prepare the space for additional technology updates that are coming later this year.

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News for People Who Like Bad News: New Year’s Edition

il-pittore-dining-room-940While we were on our year-end break the hospitality industry saw several closures and changes.

The biggest news is that Il Pittore will close after service on Saturday, January 9th. The restaurant has been a partnership between Stephen Starr and Starr’s former culinary director, Chris Painter. The restaurant has received critical acclaim since its 2011 opening and was recently included in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016. According to Alex Tewfik of Eater, Painter is planning to leave the Starr universe and to go it alone. As for the Il Pittore space, which was formerly Noble, Eater says plans are already in motion to reconceptualize the space.

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4th and Cross Closing in Pennsport

Fourth and Cross | Photo by Peggy Baud Woolsey

Fourth and Cross | Photo by Peggy Baud Woolsey

Andrew Michaels who converted an old Pennsport deli into 4th and Cross six months ago is closing the restaurant after dinner service this evening. The concept originally offered breakfast, lunch and dinner to the neighborhood but closed down for a brief time to reconceptualize as a dinner-only restaurant. That concept opened in October but the new focus wasn’t enough to save the restaurant.

In a still optimistic note to his friends and customers, Michaels stated that “I continue to believe that following a dream, putting together a plan, garnering support, putting it into action and seeing it through is something everyone can gain from.”

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Final Days for Snockey’s Oyster and Crab House

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It is the last weekend for Snockey’s Oyster and Crab House. The Philadelphia institution is closing after 103 years. Located at 1020 South 2nd Street for the past 40 years, the restaurant’s closing further shuts the door on the tradition of the Philadelphia oyster house.

Third generation owners, Ken and Skip Snock are both in their 60s and looking to step away from the business. The property has been for sale since late 2014.

In the 1870s, Philadelphians consumed 12 oysters a week and some 2,419 Philadelphia hotels, oyster houses, restaurants and saloons served oysters. And that’s not counting the roving peddlers and curbside stands. By the late 1950s, 95% of the Delaware Bay’s oysters had been wiped out by disease. With the dropoff in local oysters, oyster houses also faced extinction.

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