In Memoriam: All the Philly Restaurants That Closed During the Coronavirus Crisis So Far

The restaurants, bars and other food businesses that haven't survived the destruction of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges to Philadelphia’s restaurants, causing many restaurateurs to doubt their ability to reopen. For some, this has been a time to reimagine their businesses, while for others the pandemic has been a blow from which they cannot recover. Here, we track the closures happening in the midst of the pandemic — some as a direct result, and some for other reasons. Many of these restaurants will have a lasting impact on the growth of the Philadelphia restaurant scene, and though they’re gone, they won’t be forgotten.

Toll Man Joe’s, South Philly 
On June 29th, Toll Man Joe’s announced in a Facebook post that they were closing due to financial hardship brought on by coronavirus, and had been asked by their landlord to vacate the space. The post indicates that they don’t know if they’ll return in another location.

Mama’s VegetarianCenter City 
Since 2005, Mama’s has served falafel, hummus and other Israeli street food to the Center City masses. On June 24th the Inquirer reported that the restaurant would close permanently. It had been closed since last August because of renovations the landlord was doing. Owner Haviv David said he decided not to renew the lease.

R2L, Center City
On Tuesday, June 12th, R2L announced in a Facebook post that they would not reopen as a direct result of coronavirus. R2L was known for it’s views over the city from it’s location on the 37th floor at Two Liberty Place

Bourbon Blue, Manayunk
On June 1, the Inquirer reported that Bourbon Blue closed permanently after serving New Orleans-style vibes in Manayunk for 17 years.

Milk & Honey, West Philly
Following a worker’s strike over disputes about staff safety and pay, Milk and Honey has announced they will remain closed indefinitely.

Farmicia, Old City
On May 17th, Farmicia announced in a Facebook post that they would permanently close their doors as a result of the pandemic after surviving 15 years in their Old City location.

Mad River, Manayunk
On May 16th, General Manager Jamie Powell announced via Facebook that Mad River would not reopen. “There are so many rumors out there but the biggest truth of all is that Manayunk is just a different town anymore as far as nightlife goes,” she wrote.

Saté Kampar, Passyunk
On May 18th, we reported that Saté Kampar was closing in it’s East Passyunk location as a result of conflicts with their landlord and a rent increase that made the space too expensive in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Owner Ange Branca said she was looking for a kitchen out of which to continue offering takeout.