The Philadelphia region’s restaurant scene is in constant motion, even without a pandemic.
Even though restaurants and bars are struggling mightily, the number of reported closings so far this year in the Philadelphia area is fairly similar to previous years. (Restaurants close for myriad reasons beyond “slow business.”) And restaurants keep opening, mostly projects that had been started before the pandemic.
The forecast, however, is bleak. Some restaurants will mitigate the effects through stepped-up takeout and catering. Even so, the business climate in the first quarter of 2021 may be far different.
Here are the restaurants that have confirmed closings, both permanent and temporary:
Res Ipsa Cafe in Center City; Porta in Center City; Brickwall Tavern in Center City; Trios in Northern Liberties; City Tap House in Logan Square (temporary); The Goat in Rittenhouse (temporary); Cicala at the Divine Lorraine (temporary); Zavino in Center City and University City (temporary); Tredici in Center City (temporary); Neighborhood Ramen in Queen Village (temporary); Libertine in Center City (temporary); Spice Finch in Rittenhouse (temporary); Royal Boucherie in Old City (temporary); Laurel and In the Valley in South Philadelphia (temporary); Grey Lodge Pub in Northeast Philadelphia; Yue Kee food truck at Penn; Vintage in Midtown Village (temporary); Catahoula in Queen Village (temporary); Bridgewater’s Pub in 30th Street Station; Continental Mid-town in Rittenhouse (temporary); Borough Brewhouse in Jenkintown; Pearl’s Oyster Bar in Reading Terminal Market; Butcher’s Smokehouse in Washington Square West; Fergie’s Pub in Washington Square West (temporary); B2 Sushi in Bala Cynwyd (”indefinitely”); Winkel in Washington Square West (temporary); Gabi in Spring Garden (temporary).
Dmitri’s in Northern Liberties; V Street in Rittenhouse; Chestnut Diner in Rittenhouse; Tiki in Washington Square West; Poi Dog Philly in Center City; Manny Brown’s on South Street; the Bards in Rittenhouse; Bainbridge Street Barrel House on the Bella Vista/Queen Village border; Gaslight in Old City; Toll Man Joe’s in South Philadelphia; LALO at the Bourse in Old City; Saxbys location at 20th and Walnut Streets; Pizza Fresca in Washington Square West (moving); Naf Naf Grill’s location in Mount Laurel; Zoe’s Kitchen’s locations in Cherry Hill, Newtown Square, Wayne, and Blue Bell.
Zinburger in Cherry Hill; Main & Vine in Villanova.
The Palm in Center City.