UPDATED: Avance to Close Saturday

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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

No Wake for Finnigan’s

finnigans wakeMichael 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]

Resurrection Ale House Is Changing Hands

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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 » 

Sutton’s Parlor Today

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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]

Closed: Sutton’s Parlor and Logan Goat

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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 »

Two Cherry Hill Restaurants Close

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The McCormick and Schmick’s and adjacent William Douglas Steakhouse have closed at the Marketplace in Cherry Hill (Where the Wegmans is located). The restaurants are two of the fourteen eateries in the complex. The remaining restaurants range from Five Guys to the country’s largest Houlihan’s.

The Courier Post has the details on closures as well as how some restaurants in Cherry Hill share liquor licenses because they are so expensive.

Pair of Cherry Hill chain restaurants close [Courier Post]

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]

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