2009 Restaurant Closings

December 2009

  • Ava – The Italian BYOB is the latest 3rd Street casualty.
  • Kibitz in the City – The deli will be replaced by another deli.
  • La Bonne Auberge – It was the knees of Gerard Caronello that did in this New Hope restaurant.
  • Mezza Luna – After moving down the block Mezza Luna has checked out.

Novemeber 2009

  • Alison at Blue Bell – Alison Barshak closed her BYOB location to focus solely on Alison two.
  • Johnny’s New Orleans Pizza Kitchen – John Mims has closed up the pizza operation, expanding his Daddy Mims.
  • Kitchen 233 – The PJ Whelihan’s brand turned into Treno Pizza Bar.
  • Pond – The Radnor French bistro closed to make way for Floret.
  • Vino – The Piazza at Schmidt’s wine bar didn’t close but the original management team is out.
  • Zot – The spacious Belgian bar and restaurant on Lombard closed for good in November.

October 2009

  • Alphabet Soup – After a brief comeback the Audubon BYOB closed for good so owner Jayson Grossberg could spend more time with his family.
  • Blue Horse – The Blue Bell restaurant closed after five and half years.
  • Bonte – The 1315 Walnut Location of Bonte closed.
  • Coquette – The French bistro at the cursed corner of 5th and Bainbridge has claimed another restaurant.
  • Pond – The Radnor French bistro closed to make way for Floret.

September 2009

  • DuJour Market – The Broad and Pine location of DuJour closed to make way for Chew Man Chu.
  • Gayle – Daniel Stern closed his Queen Village bistro as he prepared for the opening of MidAtlantic and R2L.
  • Kristian’s – Kristian Leuzzi closed his 11th and Federal Italian restaurant after 11 years.
  • Ly Michael’s – The Vietnamese restaurant became Tazia, a more pan-Asian concept.
  • Paloma – The French-Mexican spot in the Oxford Circle section of the city closed just short of 10 years.
  • Piano Bar – Formerly Cascamorto, the 20th and Arch Street piano bar played itself out in September.
  • Soul – The Creole BYOB on Germantown Ave lasted just 8 months.
  • Tavern on Broad – JL Sullivan’s reconceptualized into Tavern on Broad.

August 2009

  • Bertolini’s – The Morton’s owned Italian restaurant at the KoP mall has closed.
  • Blush – Nick Farina and much have Blush’s staff have moved on to Verdad.
  • Carambola – Dresher’s noted restaurant has passed on and is being replaced by a branch of Jenkintown’s West Avenue Grille.
  • Goodburger – The New York import never really caught on here. It’ll be most remembered for its relentless dance music.
  • Loie – The rittenhouse spot yielded to Zama.
  • Marigold Kitchen – Marigold has been sold. There will be a big dinner with past chefs on August 1st.
  • Remedy Tea Bar – Landlord difficulties are to blame for this Sansom Street spot’s demise.
  • Tangerine – Stephen Starr’s Market Street spot is closed pending a new concept.

July 2009

  • Ansill Food+Wine – Foodies took it hard when David Ansill’s self-named restaurant closed.
  • Carmine’s – The creole spot ended its run in Bryn Mawr and is now Verdad.
  • Margot – The Narberth BYOB has since been replaced with Gemelli.
  • Oceanaire – The opulent ocean liner themed seafood restaurant has been sunk by the economy.
  • Pearl & Akoya – First it was Akoya closing but shortly thereafter it was curtains for Pearl.
  • Shouk – The Middle Eastern lounge at 6th and Bainbridge has been slapped with a Cease Operations placard.
  • Taquet – The Wayne Hotel’s upscale restaurant will not return from renovations.
  • Vincent’s – West Chester jazz and blues club is shuttered.

June 2009

  • Bar Amalfi – Al Paris short lived wine bar is being reconcepted.
  • Copper Bistro – The Northern Liberties BYOB has called it quits.
  • MarBar – The Marathon bar has been rebranded Panda Bar.
  • Merl’s – Despite a nice review in City Paper Merl’s has closed.
  • Pat Bombino’s – The South Philly Italian has closed its kitchen and is open only as a bar.
  • Strongbox – The luxe lounge didn’t last long.
  • Susanna Foo – has closed its space on Walnut Street. The Radnor dumpling house remains.

May 2009

  • Bish Bish Cafe – The shortlived Middle Eastern spot only lasted a couple of months.
  • Lynda’s Mediterranean – The Passyunk Avenue spot opened but for just a split second. Now it’s closed again.
  • Siam Lotus – Craig LaBan’s favorite Thai restaurant has shuttered on Spring Garden.
  • Swallow – The writing had been on the wall for awhile. The NoLibs mac and cheese restaurant is gone.

April 2009

  • Frederick’s – Long time Queen Village spot that no one we ever met had been to, finally closed.
  • Get Happy – Dave Magrogan and Get Happy weren’t happy about the liquor license situation. Now Get Happy is closed.
  • Javier – Haddonfield spot couldn’t overcome internal problems or the economy.
  • Les Bons Temps – The good times never got rolling for this New Orleans restaurant.
  • Maia – The super concept in Villanova didn’t quite make it a full year.
  • Melting Pot – Chestnut Hill’s fondue fixture flamed out.
  • Passage to India – The Walnut and Juniper Indian restaurant makes way for an IHOP.
  • Philadelphia Fish & Company – The concept has gone as ownership has reshaped the longtime Chestnut Street spot into Q BBQ & Tequila Bar.
  • Savona – the Gulph Mills’ restaurant closed for reservations in April.
  • Shank’s & Evelyn’s has closed their South Philadelphia landmark. But hopefully we’ll see them soon in Center City.
  • Tiedhouse – The Fairmount area gastropub will probably be most remembered for owner Chris Leonard’s guns blazing goodbye.

March 2009

  • North by Northwest – Shut down by L&I they reopened in June.
  • Old Original Bookbinders – Bookbinders closed suddenly, sighting mechanical problems. Bankruptcy must be a mechanical problem.
  • Paxia – The windows are papered over and the lights are out over the South Philadelphia Mexican.

February 2009

  • Cresheim Cottage Cafe – The Mt. Airy spot was done in by Germantown Avenue construction and the economy.
  • Mantra – Al Paris dropped his pan-Asian pub and rechristened the spot Bar Amalfi.
  • Genji – The long time Center City spot gave way to Kin Gyo.
  • Aoi on Walnut Street closed to become Aki.
  • Boathouse Row Bar – The bar inside the Rittenhouse Hotel has closed down.
  • Chef’s Market – Long running gourmet on Market has closed its storefront. The catering business remains.
  • Cosi, 2nd and Lombard – The Society Hill location of the local chain shut its doors.
  • Majolica – The Phoenixville BYO had shut its doors but now it is coming back with the same name but more affordable menu.
  • Charlie Brown’s – The Swedesford Rd restaurant has closed.

January 2009

  • Kildare’s – Kildare’s South Street leaves its corporate overlord to become Get Happy.
  • Miami Cafe – Plantain flat breads with chorizo sounded so much better than what was delivered.
  • Monkey Bar – The luxe lounge on Walnut is closing to be reconceptualized as Strongbox.
  • Ong’s – Chinatown’s Ong’s has gone the way of the dodo.
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