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Another Marathon Grill shutdown

The 1339 Chestnut location is now gone.

The Marathon Grill at 1339 Chestnut St. is out of business after at least a decade. It has confirmed in an email:

Due to increasing rental expenses, Marathon has elected to close its Broad and Chestnut Street location. Marathon has been operating restaurants in this City since 1984 and will continue its commitment to focus on its primary passion of serving locally sourced, quality food at affordable prices to Philadelphians at its other Center City restaurants located at 16th and Sansom Streets, 19th and Spruce Streets, 1818 Market Street and 10th & Walnut.

The 10th and Walnut Street location, as reported earlier this week, will close at the end of the month as the settlement of a lawsuit brought by investor Bernie Spain against the Borish family, which controls Marathon. Spain has retained Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen (Cuba Libre) as operators, with Matt Levin (ex-Adsum) coming on as chef. Renovations will begin in January.

Marathon cited rising rents earlier this year when it shut down a location at 40th and Walnut Streets. Among its remaining locations, only 1818 Market is a rental deal. The company owns the other buildings.