2011 Restaurant Closings

December 2011

  • Fish – Mike Stollenwerk’s seafood restaurant closed on Lombard Street to make way for Fish at 13th and Locust.
  • Lafayette Grill – The BYOB never seemed crowded on the western end of Northern Liberties.
  • Marathon – The Marathon locations at 10th and Walnut and 13th and Chestnut are goners.
  • Pho 75 – The Chinatown location of the chain closed, next in is Nan Zho.
  •  – Raw as originally imagined has closed at the Piazza. Will it come back as a different nightlife-centric venue?
  • Rick’s Steaks – The Liberty Place version of Rick’s closed on the last day of the year.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Ted Turner’s mega restaurant closed after seven years at Broad and Spruce.

November 2011

  • Fathom Seafood House – Mike Stollenwerk sold his seafood bar to co-owner Rob Holloway, it is now East Girard Gastropub (EGG).
  • Konak – The Old City Turkish restaurant closed after an eight year run.
  • Public House Wilmington – The Delaware branch of the local chain closed after business on the night before Thanksgiving.
  • Swanky Bubbles – The Old City bar’s appearance on Bar Rescues wasn’t enough to save it.
  • Tbar – The 12th Street tea shop closed it’s brick and mortar location. The business is now all online as a tea retailer.

October 2011

  • L’Oca – The sign said it all, “L’Oca is closed forever.”
  • Philly Diner – The diner’s closing shocked UPenn’s campus.

September 2011

  • Adsum – The buzzed about restaurant closed to become Tapestry, a more accessible gastropub.
  • Argan Moroccan Cuisine – The subterranean Moroccan restaurant quietly called it quits.
  • Brown Betty Dessert Boutique – It was decided that the Liberty Place Brown Betty was enough and the 20th Street location closed.
  • Latin Farmer – The food truck wasn’t around long. It “took a break” in September and shortly afterwards it was put up for sale.
  • Trattoria Alla Costiera – The Italian BYOB closed and another Italian BYOB, Ulivo has moved in.

August 2011

  • Jake’s Custard Stand – The Paoli spot closed after just a short run.
  • Noble Cookery – The well liked Sansom Street restaurant closed to make way for Il Pittore.
  • Pale Horse – The West Chester gastropub closed suddenly.
  • Paradigm – The Old City veteran closed and is now an Italian restaurant.
  • Portofino – The long-serving Italian restaurant closed “for renovations.” It is now the Walnut Street Supper Club.
  • Biba – Tria’s little cousin in University City was rebranded with the Tria name in August.

July 2011

  •  – Voorhees Italian restaurant retires. Chef Lou Imbesi is looking to open a more casual spot at the Voorhees Town Center.
  • Ernesto’s 1521 Cafe – The Spruce Street Italian restaurant is calling it quits after 19 years.
  •  – Bigger ambitions have shuttered our favorite empanada food truck.
  • Gardenia – The lovely but under appreciated restaurant at the Art Alliance has closed.
  • Horizons – The much-praised vegan restaurant is making way for a much-praised pizzeria. Closing anticipated for around July 4th.
  • Illuminaire – The longtime Fairmount bar and restaurant is done.
  •  – The paddlewheeler is dead in the water in under one year.
  •  – Renaissance Sausage Truck is going off the road. The sausage will live on in retail.

June 2011

  • Almanac Market – The Northern Liberties market goes out attacking its lack of support.
  • Avril – Husband and wife BYO in Narberth ends it after two years..
  •  – The Southwestern tequila bar and restaurant has gone purely club.
  • Pastoral Korean – The 13th Street Korean spot now sports a For Rent sign.
  • Tweed – Edward Bianchini cleared the place out and closed for good. Much to the surprise of the landlord.

May 2011

  • Artisserie Chocolate Cafe – The 18th Street successor to Naked Chocolate didn’t survive more than a week after the original Naked Chocolate Cafe closed.
  • Harry G Ochs – Reading Terminal institution exits amid lawsuits after 105 years.
  • Haru – The Japanese and sushi spot in Old City closes after six years.
  • Hoof + Fin – Queen Village Argentinian BYOB will close before the end of May.
  • Italian Bistro – Broad Street’s Italian Bistro will become a cafe for University of the Arts students.
  • James – Highly regarded Bella Vista restaurant shuts down. We wait to see what’s next for chef/owner Jim Burke.
  • Marathon Grill – The 40th Street location of the mini-chain couldn’t agree to a new lease.
  • Marrakesh Express – West Moroccan quick serve in West Philadelphia closes.
  • Naked Chocolate Cafe – The delicious chocolatier closes on Walnut Street.
  • Tuscany Cafe – The longtime Rittenhouse Square coffee shop has closed at 19th and Locust.

April 2011

  • Arbol Cafe – The Northern Liberties spot closed and sold off all its equipment via Craigslist.
  • Charlie’s Pub – The Old City pub bowed out with one last blowout night.
  • Fork & Barrel – The East Falls beer bar was vacated without warning leaving to the landlord to file suit.
  • MangoMoon – The Manayunk Thai restaurant closed to make way for a new concept.
  • Unitea – West Philadelphia spot lasted less than a year on 44th Street.
  • Warsaw Cafe – The 31-year old Eastern European restaurant closed for good in April.

March 2011

  • Crocodile – The Old City bar with the free pizza gimmick couldn’t hang on.
  • Jolly’s Dueling Pianos – The piano bar left its 20th and Chestnut location for the greener pastures of the Academy House.

February 2011

  • Center City Grille – The revolving door of concepts at 20th and Ludlow makes way for Xchange Bar.
  • Flying Monkey Deuce – The Locust Street patisserie closes shop on Feb. 1.
  • Jerry’s Bar – Northern Liberties diviest dive bar closes.
  • La Terrasse – The Sansom Way institution in University City closed after a decades long run.
  • Los Jalapenos – South Philadelphia favorite closes its doors at the end of February. Its sibling Tres Jalapenos lives on.
  • Snackbar – Jonathan Makar is closing his tiny Rittenhouse spot to focus on his flowers business.
  • Society Hill Hotel – The chillest spot in Old City closed down its restaurant/bar and hotel.

January 2011

  • 401 Diner – Conshohocken diner goes from 24-hours to zero hours.
  • Arsenal – Delaware restaurant sold off all its furnishings and closed.
  • Bocelli – Chestnut Hill restaurant gives way to Stella Sera.
  • Crawdaddy’s – The West Chester restaurant makes way for Toast Tavern.
  • Kavei – The pho spot on Oregon Avenue has become Ha Saigon.
  • Pace One – Concordville fave met its maker.
  • Simon Pearce – West Chester area gift shop and restaurant closes.
  • Solaris Grille – It was a bad month for Chestnut Hill as Solaris Grille’s 15-year run came to an end.
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