Twenty-nine years ago, Kevin and Janet Meeker opened Philadelphia Fish & Company at 207 Chestnut St., one of the city's better seafooders in its day. Three years ago, they switched the concept to barbecue, bringing in specialist Tom Stewart as a partner in Q BBQ.

And after Tuesday, July 31, the spot will go dark.

The Meekers did not renew the lease. "I never like closing a business, but this is not as bad as closing [Philadelphia] Fish," he told me. "It's just amazing and gratifying to see how far we have come in all these years. We are truly one of the great restaurant cities."

Stewart, who had sold BBQ outside Philly Fish, is trying to find another spot.

Kevin Meeker, a silent partner in The Plough & the Stars across the street, also owns Keg & Kitchen in Westmont.

The other silver lining is that Janet no longer will have to work seven days a week.