News for People Who Like Bad News: Closing Edition

The 21st and Chestnut location of El Fuego has gone dark. The minimalist Mexican joint with the massive HDTV is survived by its original location, on the 700 block of Walnut Street.

Leila Cafe, which was well received on Pine Street fell into obscurity on the 1300 block of South Street. It closed its doors a couple of weeks back.

Aperto in Narberth has closed after a single year. [The Insider]

For more closings, check out the recently updated restaurant closings section.

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At long last, Agiato has opened in Manayunk. Chef Joe Scarpone who owned Sovalo in Northern Liberties is at the helm. [The Insider]

Longtime Rouge chef Michael Yeamans has returned to the Rittenhouse spot and is serving a truffle-centric menu through the end of the year. [Grub Street]

The original Brown Betty’s on Liberties Walk is moving to a bigger, bi-level spot at 722 N 2nd Street. [Restaurant Club]

Speck Food and Wine passed its health inspection Saturday. [Facebook]

Leila Cafe has resurfaced at 1356 South Street. If all goes well the Middle Eastern restaurant could open today. [The Insider]

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The Beer Lass puts the Khyber’s NOT an Izakaya concept at two weeks out. She reveals that there will be 20 taps, two hand pumps and a familiar face as GM. [Beer Lass]

Looking good at Memphis Taproom. Brownstoner has a photo of the recently paved beer garden. [Brownstoner]

Casual Mediterranean comes to Conshohocken in the form of Isabella. The most unique feature might be that the pizza oven is located outside. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Thomas’ in Manayunk has become The Workhorse. The bar’s Facebook page has its menus, the bottled beer selection makes us sad. But hey, there’s a cigarette dispenser. [Facebook]

PJ Henry’s in Ardmore has become Cantina Diablo, a Mexican spot.

Leila Cafe is on the move, relocating from 13th and Pine to 1356 South Street. [Brownstoner]

Leila Cafe

Leila Cafe

David Snyder checks out the boastful claims of Leila Cafe’s Mohamad Kammoun and finds he’s backing them up.

Turns out it’s Leila’s meat that’s worthy of exaggerated praise. Each preparation is mixed in-house and seasoned with secret blends of between nine and 16 authentic Mediterranean spices. Thick, tender slices of shawarma (a lamb and beef mix here) are carved off a vertical spit and placed in a veggie-stuffed pita coated with homemade hummus. The beef gyro pita (also a lamb/beef mix) comes slathered with a refreshing scratch-made tzatziki. The couscous mixed in with the 100-percent-beef kibbie makes for a wonderfully textured patty.

Feed My Worried Mind [City Paper]
Leila Cafe [Official Site]

Around The Web: Name Your Price & More

Kate goes for the name your own price dinner at Le Bec-Fin. What she didn’t count on was the legendary chef taking the time to discuss fine dining and even Philadelphia Magazine. [Philly Food and Drink]

CE Phood hits up the new Leila Cafe and finds lots worth trying. So much so, they’re planning another trip. [CE Phood]

I’ll Eat You is pleased Yogorino exists on this continent ane in her neighborhood. [I'll Eat You]

Oysters and bubbles, Femme Fermental keeps it classic at Oyster House. [The Femme Fermental]

The $14 lunch deal at Bistrot La Minette lures Adam Erace back to what he calls Philadelphia’s best looking French bistro. [Blogalicious]

Unbreaded experiences the pollo torta as part of a perfect summer lunch at Taco Loco. [Unbreaded]

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Yogorino opened over the weekend at 20th and Locust. There’s just one flavor for now and for the germaphobes, the toppings are kept behind the counter out of the reach of the unwashed masses.

The popular Tiffin is adding a third location, this one in Elkins Park. Additionally, Tiffin Etc., the Indian pizzeria is about 3 weeks out. [The Insider]

Plenty of restaurant slippages in Michael Klein’s restaurant openings update. Village Whiskey and Pickled Heron are now looking at late summer (August). And the Tap House is saying October. [The Insider]

Leila Cafe is serving up Middle Eastern food at the former Wasabi House at 13th and Pine. [Meal Ticket]

The former Kami Sushi at 1526 Sansom now has a sign in the window promising Sushi Cafe is coming soon.

Akoya, the restaurant portion of Pearl is making like Pearl and taking the rest of the summer off. [The Insider]