Fountain Restaurant Announces Final Dinner Service


So this is it. We all knew it was coming, but now we have an actual date. The last dinner served at Fountain at the Four Seasons Hotel will be Saturday, December 27.

The official news came down yesterday, but that was just putting an end-date on something that most folks in the food world understood as inevitable. The Four Seasons hotel itself will be closing sometime in the next year (with plans to move into the new Comcast building), so Fountain–with more than thirty years behind it–was operating on borrowed time.

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Bells Ring for Five

Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings.

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Two quotes about bells, that sum up two distinctly different reactions to Craig LaBan’s resetting of the eating landscape in the region.

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Fountain at the Four Seasons Closed for Maintenance, Swann Getting Truffled Beer

The Fountain at the Four Seasons is closed until January 17th. According to the PR person we spoke to at the Four Seasons, the four-bell restaurant is closed for routine maintenance that will only affect the kitchen, there won’t be any guest-facing changes. In the meantime the Swann Lounge is open for business. So it seems this construction will not address any of the issues raised by Victor Fiorillo in this Philly Post article.

In other Four Seasons news, Dock Street Brewing is brewing a series of collaborative beers to be offered exclusively at the Swann Lounge.

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News For People Who Like Bad News

Matt Levin will not be running Rubb when it opens on Main Street in Manayunk. What he is up to is anyone’s guess. [The Insider]

The Fountain is scaling back its service, dropping Monday dinner and its signature Sunday brunch except for certain holidays. [The Insider]

Delilah Winder of Delilah’s Southern Cuisine in the Reading Terminal is among the top five added delinquents to Philadelphia’s top business tax delinquency list. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Wine kiosks are becoming a reality in Pennsylvania but just two (Chestnut Hill and the Northeast) will be in the city of Philadelphia. [Grub Street]

Headed to an open bar for New Year’s? They’re illegal. [The Insider]

And we’re working on bringing back our Closings section, until then you can find the bad news with our closings tag.

5 Stars For Fountain


The 2010 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide) as awarded the Fountain at the Four Seasons 5-stars. It’s one of just 21 restaurants in the United States and Canada to receive the prestigious honor. The last Philadelphia restaurant to hold 5-stars was Georges Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin but he relinquished the shiny stars last year as he went a la carte.

Inqlings: Fountain gushing with 5 [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Fountain Restaurant [Official Site]

The Four Bellers

4 bells

We were involved in a conversation over the weekend regarding Craig LaBan’s ratings where we were asked what restaurants have four bells. As we rattled them off, it dawned on us that not everyone is so dorky to have them memorized. So here are Craig LaBan’s four bell reviews with links right to the reviews.

Update: Craig LaBan rattled these four off in his online chat today. He also said that if he could have eaten more than one meal at Talula’s Table in 6-months it would have been “in that league” and “Jose Garces is bound to land 4 one of these days – his food is there, but there’s always something that holds me back.”

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