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Restaurant notes: Avril in Bala Cynwyd closes

Couple pulls the plug on their BYO.

Avril in Bala Cynwyd has closed after two years, a decision that owner April Lisante equated to "giving up a child."

"Tough out there," said her husband, chef Christian Gatti. "We met some welcome people, and had some wonderful memories."

It was the solo restaurant debut for Gatti, a chef formerly at City Tavern, White Dog Cafe, and Audrey Claire, and Lisante, a former food writer at the Philadelphia Daily News. He's working at a bakery now.

A seafood restaurant with a South Philly pedigree is coming to the Bala Avenue space.