Lemon Hill Shuts Its Doors

lemon-hill-bar-400Lemon Hill at 25th and Aspen Streets in Fairmount closed suddenly last night. The bar and restaurant from the Franklin Mortgage team came onto the scene back in early 2012 with Mitch Prensky in the kitchen. Prensky didn’t last too long and there always seemed to be movement in and out of the kitchen and management of the establishment.

General manager Aaron Siak posted the following on Facebook:

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Illg’s Meats Is Closing

Illg’s Meats in Chalfont is closing up shop. The processing plant and retail shop’s meats show up on local menus at the like of Frankford Hall among others.

A note on Illg’s web site reads:

We are saddened to announce that after more than 50 years of serving the Bucks County community, Illg’s Meats will be closing it’s doors.  We will be open through the week of July 5th(closed on the 4th).  There will be two days of clearance sales on July 8th and 9th.  We ask that you place your orders with as much prior notification as possible to ensure it’s fullfillment. Thank you for the many years of faithful patronage, you will be greatly missed.

Ernst A. Illg Meats has been located in Bucks County since 1964, before that it was located at 29th and Master Streets in Philadelphia’s Brewerytown neighborhood.

Illg Meats [Official]

A Couple of Closures to Bum You Out

A Twitter follower had tipped us off that the postage stamp-sized Cafe Nhu Y had closed its doors at 8th and Christian. And after a lot of denial, we’re willing to admit that our favorite bargain banh mi spot is indeed gone for good. A similarly distressed Naked Philly confirms the closure.

And in the Italian Market, there’s the odd story about the closing of five-month old Torero Tapas Bar. The Torero web site has the paella and tapas bar moving/merging with Tabblon in Drexel Hill. The Passyunk Post reports that a neighbor says it was a landlord dispute that led to the closing.

Blue Belly BBQ Goes Belly Up

blue-belly-closedWe hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.

Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]

Elephant and Castle Closes

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Psst, want a phone booth?

Elephant and Castle has closed on 18th Street between Chestnut and Market. The British-style pub has been a fixture on the block for almost twenty years. The Sonesta Hotel (formerly Crowne Plaza) which housed the pub is undergoing extensive renovations which include a new art gallery, bar and lobby. The E&C wasn’t part of these upgrade plans but offer the hotel another space to upgrade.

Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia [Official]

End of the Road for Route 6

lobster-route-6The closing of Stephen Starr’s Route 6 has long been rumored. But today, Michael Klein has the official word that the seafood spot on North Broad will close on Thursday, March 20th.

Starr says he will reconceptualize the space and open something new this fall.

Starr to Close Route 6 [The Insider]

The Aramingo Diner Is Closing [UPDATED]

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UPDATE 3/31: The Aramingo Diner has closed.

ORIGINAL:

From the Department of Say It Ain’t So comes news that the Aramingo Diner is closing. One employee told me early on Tuesday, “We may be closing.” And now a manager confirms that the end is near for the storied Port Richmond diner, which originally opened its doors in 1957.

“Not enough people understand good food,” says manager Kathleen (she declined to provide her last name) of the impending Aramingo Diner closing. “They want Applebee’s. They want Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

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