Gayle To Close

We can’t say we were surprised when we received word that Gayle will be closing on Friday, September 4th. There have been plenty of rumors swirling and dropping the liquor license turned out to be the writing on the wall. What was a bit unusual though was that the news didn’t sneak out via a disappointed employee but rather was released by a big-time New York PR agency.

Daniel Stern has a lot of big plans for the Fall. He’s looking to open R2L and MidAtlantic. He even has a Daniel Stern Restaurants web site (complete with three letter acronym, DSR). We hope this is one step back and two steps forward for the talented chef.

Complete release after the jump.


PHILADELPHIA (August 13, 2009) – After five successful years, Daniel Stern’s Gayle restaurant will close its doors after dinner service on Friday, September 4. Daniel Stern Restaurants (DSR) decided not to renew the lease, which is up this fall, to focus on its two imminent openings, MidAtlantic (slated to open in September) and R2L (slated to open in November).

“While this is certainly a bittersweet decision, we have some very exciting projects to focus on in the immediate future,” Chef Stern says. “The elements that made Gayle so beloved will definitely play major roles in our new restaurants.”

Stern received much acclaim for creative and innovative interpretations of American cuisine at his Philadelphia restaurants Gayle and Rae. Stern will continue his tradition of blending bold cuisine with dynamic spaces when he brings two exciting new projects, MidAtlantic and R2L to Philadelphia this fall.