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Old 11-07-2020, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Where in Old City? never heard of it which could explain why its closing
I have been to City Tavern, and I don't usually go to such "touristy" establishments. It was a fun little restaurant and another sad loss for the city. It is likely closing because of the COVID-19 recession and its particular effect on restaurants. It is unlikely that it is closing because you've never heard of it.
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Old 11-07-2020, 10:13 PM
 
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Where in Old City? never heard of it which could explain why its closing
2nd and Walnut. You have quite an ego thinking a restaurant's success or failure is based on whether you ever heard of them.
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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2nd and Walnut. You have quite an ego thinking a restaurant's success or failure is based on whether you ever heard of them.
That wasn't my take.
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Old 11-10-2020, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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It's a historic restaurant... it's been around for at least 250 years.
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Old 11-10-2020, 03:45 PM
 
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I mean, if it's good enough for Georgie, Tom and Bets....
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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It's a historic restaurant... it's been around for at least 250 years.
Not exactly.

Its building is a 1970s reconstruction of the 18th-century original, which disappeared by the time of consolidation in 1854.

City Tavern | Wikipedia

So yes, this was a tourist trap. But it was a very classy tourist trap with a novel gimmick.
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Old 11-11-2020, 06:09 AM
 
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I never knew about it before this thread personally. I wasn't one to keep up on tourist traps and usually tried to concentrate on local, cheap, or quality of food establishments rather than both. This establishment looks like it served very posh food though. Although, does that mean you had to dress up as well?
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Old 11-11-2020, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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I never knew about it before this thread personally. I wasn't one to keep up on tourist traps and usually tried to concentrate on local, cheap, or quality of food establishments rather than both. This establishment looks like it served very posh food though. Although, does that mean you had to dress up as well?
Yes, in 18th-century garb.

I don't think the restaurant had one of those jacket-required dress codes.
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia Pa
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Yeah, it was a cool place to experience at least once. They made a lot of revenue off weddings and events though, so I'm not surprised it closed during COVID when, obviously, none of these were able to occur. They also didn't exactly have much of a walk-in crowd due largely to the less than optimal location. Other than those (usually regulars) going specifically to Positano coast or the original Bookbinders (now the Olde Bar), people really weren't going south of Chestnut to find restaurants/bars in Old City.

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Old 11-13-2020, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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With this second wave of COVID I only see 30% or more restaurants closing and even a higher number of bars unless a 2nd economic relief package is passed.
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