Posts within the 'closings' Category

Gilmore’s… Adieu

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

There’s been a lot of hubbub about the closing of Gilmore’s in West Chester this week. The restaurant was once considered the class of the western suburbs by many diners, so its closing is probably the Main Line equivalent of Le Bec Fin closing (and yes, Peter Gilmore worked at LBF for many years). The thing that so many others seem to be afraid to say, however, is that it was past due. Gilmore’s was a dinosaur from another era, and was no longer a relevant player in the local restaurant scene.

Reading between the lines of Peter Gilmore’s comments after the news came out, it’s obvious that the restaurant’s financial results back up this assertion. Though they had a reputation for being a tough reservation, sellouts were far less common over the past few years. Gilmore tried gimmicks like adding small plates, and offering a discounted mid-week prix fix menu to get more people in the door, but nothing could save the business.


Local Cheese: Spatola’s Pizza, Melt Down

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The Peace a Pizza in Wayne has been replaced by Melt Down Grilled Cheese, a chain concept opened by the owners of… wait for it… Peace a Pizza. There’s already a location in North Wales, and they sold sandwiches at some Eagles games this past season. Check out their menu and more info on their website.

Missing your chain pizza? Well, Spatola’s Pizza, another mini-chain that got its start in Bucks County, is coming to Paoli. There’s a sign up in the shopping center that houses Radio Shack and the original Dunkin Donuts (you know, the one you never go in), but no date is specified. The same family also owns Spizzico Pizza in Wayne. Though they have several locations going, the Spatola’s website is still “under construction”… but if you’re dying for a preview, the Landsdale store does have one.

Garrett Hill Ale House, Rosemont

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012



Update 2.13: As commenter CJ notes below, Garrett Hill Ale House is now under new management, and the menus are very different than originally reported. Great tap list includes a wide variety of local and national craft beers, plus some interesting sample flights and an impressive bottle list. Food is upscale and innovative pub grub such as duck confit sliders and braised rabbit cavatelli. Sounds delicious!


The Kebob Factory in Garrett Hill is no longer, and will be replaced by Garrett Hill Ale House starting Friday, March 23rd, 2012.

Readers may recall the 2011 controversy surrounding Factory owner Bharat Luthra, who supposedly cut down as many as 45 trees on the former Villa Strafford property without permission or a replacement plan for the sound buffer and runoff aid they provided.

One wonders if the potential fine of $2K per tree might have had any influence on the closing of Kebob Factory, though reports that it was always empty probably have more to do with it. While we never would root against the success of an independent business, we won’t be shedding any tears for a man with such disregard for the community he serves.

[outdated info] As for the Ale House,  they’ll offer straightforward American bar food, including “tot”chos (yep, tater tot nachos), sandwiches mostly made of hand-carved meats, and “house specialty” ribs… nothing too exciting. For booze, their all-American list includes 20 taps (with a disappointing half being macros – do you really need Bud Light, Coors Light AND Miller Lite on draft?). Full menu, including a decent list of hard liquors and an awful wine selection. [end outdated info]

Garrett Hill Ale House
157 Garrett Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 11:30a.m.-2a.m.
SUNDAY Brunch @ the Alehouse 10a.m.-3p.m. BEGINS APRIL 1ST!

Restaurant News Roundup

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Wow… lots of restaurant news as the year comes to an end. Here’s a quick recap:

  • Ella’s American Bistro has opened in Devon Square (Acme Shopping Center in Strafford)
  • McKenzie’s Brew Pub is now open in Berwyn (where Charlie Brown’s used to be, near Barnes & Noble)
  • Jake’s Wayback Burgers is open in Strafford (near the Farmers Market), and 5 Guys Wayne (in the old Acme shopping center) should be opening shortly
  • So Fun! Frozen Yogurt has also opened next to 5 Guys in Wayne
  • The bar at Restaurant Alba is now fully operational
  • Pattymac’s in Berwyn is now EmJ’s (under new ownership), and is also serving dinner on Thu and Fri.
  • Saxby’s in Paoli is closing this week.
  • Flavor in Wayne closed this fall.

Bala’s Avril Closed

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

After two years on Bala Ave., Avril has closed up shop. I can’t say I’m all that surprised — thought the space showed a lot of promise when we attended the grand opening, when I popped in recently I could tell that the life had been sucked out of the place. Best of luck to owners April Lisante & Christian Gatti.

According to, a “seafood restaurant with a South Philly pedigree” will soon fill the space.

Floret in Radnor Closed

Thursday, July 1st, 2010


Floret has closed as of July 1, 2010.Floret Restaurant and Lounge will be opening in February 2010 at 175 King of Prussia Rd. in Radnor, replacing current tenants Pond and Bistro Cassis. This restaurant is a partnership between Scott Morrison (Nectar, etc.), Chef Dan Kremin (Barclay Prime, Buddakan) and the current Pond ownership.

The menu will be based on regional European cuisine prepared with locally sourced American ingredients. Says Kremin, “I cook with the freshest, local ingredients that have been prepared in a simple, approachable and familiar way, so that our guests will want to visit and dine with us frequently without spending a lot.”

Floret’s 90-seat lounge will offer hors d’oeuvres and small plates along with a selection of original burgers and salads to pair with specialty drinks, craft beers and wines. The 150-seat restaurant will feature steak frites, fish pommes soufflé and numerous other market and seasonal additions such as a house cassoulet, Amish raised chicken coq au vin, braised lamb shanks, chicken liver crostini, lasagna al forno and vegetarian shepherd’s pie.

The name “Floret” is inspired in part by the 1986 movie, Jean De Florette, which was filmed in Provençe. This classic French film starred Gerard Depardieu and Yves Montand, (born Ivo Livi) in Mansummano Terme near Florence, Italy.

Floret will honor all Pond party contracts as well as gift certificates sold under the Pond/Cassis name.

Floret | 175 King of Prussia Road | Radnor, PA | 610-293-9411| (coming soon)

Wayne Restaurant News & Updates

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

An interesting article in Main Line Suburban Life today reported a bevy of Wayne restaurant news & updates. To summarize:

  • Taquet has been expanded and remodeled (specifically the bar/outdoor area), but nobody has yet to jump on the space. An ice-cream parlor almost closed the deal, but backed out at the last minute.
  • No news on the White Dog Cafe, which is still “coming soon”
  • Pop-Pop’s has closed in the former Wayne Beef & Ale location. No new plans have been established.
  • Matador, the long-awaited Spanish/Mexican tapas joint, has been issued two stop-work issues and a citation for not getting permits for the work to the space, according to Radnor Township. As of last week alteration permits had been submitted but not issued yet by the township.
  • Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza is still planned for the ACME shopping center.
  • A Chipotle may appear in downtown Wayne “soon” (no further details were given).

Read the full article here.

Fellini Cafe Paoli has Closed

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The Paoli branch of Fellini Cafe has closed for good. Hopefully we’ll see another restaurant fill that spot!

Update:According to Michael Klein, records in bankruptcy court show that Fellini filed for Chapter 7 protection. Basically, it means that if approved, the corporate assets are sold and it’s done.

Thanks to readers Dave and Kander for the tips.

Venice Pizza & Pasta replaces Malvern Saxby’s

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Saxby’s on Rt 30 in Malvern has been replaced by Venice Pizza & Pasta, a traditional Italian joint. Plenty of different pizzas, pasta dishes and hot & cold sandwiches area available. Though we haven’t had the pizza, it looks like very good Italian-style thin crust.

Because the building is rather large, there is plenty of seating available, so BYOB is allowed and Free Wi-Fi is offered. No Delivery.

For more info visit

Margot Closes

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The lastest victim of the economic downturn is Narberth’s wonderful BYOB Margot.

MLD reader Steve reported that the restaurant was closed this Friday evening. This morning, an answering machine message states: “Hi, you have reached 232 Woodbine Ave. in Narberth. Ownership of this location has changed. Please look forward to a new restaurant coming soon. Thanks very much.”

Hopefully Margot will appear elsewhere soon, as in the meantime, her neighborhood gem will be missed.