Photo via Lola Bean
Lola Bean, which was seen as a gentrifying coffee shop when it first opened at 1325 Frankford Avenue is now closing after spending three months in the shadow of the latest symbol of gentrifying Fishtown, the mega La Colombe. Though the owners of Lola Bean didn’t mention La Colombe by name or allusion, it’s hard to imagine that the competition helped.
Lola Bean will be open through Friday. January 16th.
Lola Bean’s message to its customers »
Gennaro’s at 1429 Jackson Street
Gennaro’s Tomato Pie has made 1429 Jackson Street a bit of a destination. But the small pizzeria is heading to bigger digs on East Passyunk Avenue, in the former Da Vinci’ Restaurant. The new spot will offer a second floor and a completely under appreciated courtyard.
Mike Giammarino tells Michael Klein that the Gennaro’s will open on the Fountain on East Passyunk in mid-2015. Gennaro’s remains open on Jackson Street in the meantime.
Gennaro’s Tomato Pie to replace Da Vinci Ristorante on E. Passyunk Ave. [Passyunk Post]
Gennaro’s moving to East Passyunk [The Insider]
J. Fidance for Visit Philly
Nodding Head Brewery owner Curt Decker just passed along news that he will be moving the brewpub out of Center City. Decker says he has a deal but isn’t saying where he’s moving. Landlord issues are cited as the reason for the move.
Nodding Head Brewery has been on Sansom Street for just under fifteen years. Before it was Nodding Head, the upstairs location was a Sam Adams Brewpub. Decker says, “we have seen downtown go from ‘sleepy’ to bustling, to a new version with tremendous diversity. It has been fun watching the transformation, but now it’s time for a new adventure.”
The last day at the current location will be Friday, October 31st.
Stay tuned for where the brewpub will ultimately land.
Nodding Head Brewery [Foobooz]
Le Bec Fin 2.0 | Mike Persico
With this weekend’s closing of Avance at 1523 Walnut Street, we thought we’d look back at the modern history of this most storied address. Check out our timeline history of the fall from popularity of what was the most famous restaurant address in Philadelphia.
Timeline of 1523 Walnut Street »
Avance, the successor to Le Bec Fin, will close after service on Saturday night, October 11th. Michael Klein reported that the Walnut Street restaurant is a victim of economics. Chef Justin Bogle, who opened Avance ten months ago with high hopes, said, ” we can’t continue operating at this pace.”
In it’s time, Avance has suffered from lackluster reviews, the sale of the building by Georges Perrier and an eviction notice from new owners, Pearl Properties. Pearl Properties is the landlord for several restaurants including Pizzeria Vetri and the Chipotle that replaced Susanna Foo, but with the recent resurgence in Center City retail, the space has probably seen its last restaurant client.
As for Bogle, a Philadelphia native who returned home from New York as the youngest chef to earn two Michelin stars, he has no immediate plans.
UPDATE after the jump
Michael Klein received confirmation that Finnigan’s Wake, which had been for sale for a year now, is under agreement for sale and is now officially closed. The sprawling complex at 3rd and Spring Garden had only been open infrequently recently after a long run as a spot that was one part frat party and one part political hang, frequently serving for fundraising affairs and victory parties.
No word on what will become of the 19,140 square foot building.
In news at other bars that targeted college kids and the recently graduated, Roosevelt Pub at 2220 Walnut Street has been totally cleared out. The bar seemed to lose business as it was covered in scaffolding for what seemed years, and a recent rebrand as the R Bar never seemed to take hold.
Sale pending for Finnigan’s Wake [The Insider]
Leigh Maida sent out a message to subscribers of the Resurrection Ale House mailing list that the her and Brendan Hartranft’s Graduate Hospital beer bar is under agreement of sale. The letter notes that the employees will stay on after the acquisition, though the fried chicken may not. The note says that the chicken might pop up at the couple’s other bars, Memphis Taproom, Local 44 or Strangelove’s.
As for the new owners, that remains a mystery.
Read the full letter »
Back in May, we broke the news that longtime Tangier owner Jack Roe was selling his building and beloved business at 18th and Lombard streets. And now, two months later, it appears that the end has come. Tangier is closing within a matter of days. Read more »
HughE Dillon (PhillyChitChat) was walking by Sutton’s Parlor, the “temporarily closed” bar run by Matt Swartz when he snapped the above photo. The name has been covered over, the menu removed and the inside of the bar has been cleaned out. This is just the latest note in the Swartz saga. His Farmers’ Cabinet closed for a “summer cleaning” and was to reopen after July 11th. As of now, that hasn’t happened.
The Farmers’ Cabinet closes for ‘summer cleaning’ [Philly Insider]
In the continuing saga of the Matt Swartz Bar Empire, which will one day make for a really incredible Storify, the above sign has appeared in the windows of Sutton’s Parlor and Logan Goat Bar & Restaurant, the two west-of-Broad operations from the man behind Farmers’ Cabinet. Read more »