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]

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

1st-ward-grilled-cheese-940

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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