9/20/2012 10:04:00 AM

Closings Watch: Carman’s Country Kitchen, Tapestry, Reserve, Aperto

Photo by Mark Henninger
Fans of the extra spice that comes from a dose of unabashed South Philly attitude will be sad to hear Carman’s Country Kitchen will close for good on Sunday, December 16. Longtime blogger Holly Moore reports Carman Luntzel is being forced out of her tiny space just off East Passyunk Avenue because the building owner wants to open a pizzeria. Serving Thursday-Monday from 8 AM-2 PM, the diner was known as much for Carman’s chatter as for her waffles, eggs and french toast. Luntzel says she’s not searching for a new spot, and may spend time traveling overseas.

“Temporarily closed” is the status of Tapestry in Queen Village, the reincarnation of Adsum that focused more on neighborhood pub fare and a big beer list than high-end cuisine. Partner Kar Vivekananthan is leaving, but the Belvedere Group management team says plans are to reopen. There’s just a matter of a liquor license transfer to work out. We’ll keep you posted [The Insider].

Permanently gone for good is Old City steakhouse Reserve, which closed its doors after less than a year. The soaring, luxe space never quite drew the crowds it needed to survive, even though it had one of the widest brown liquor selections in the city [Foobooz]. In Narberth, BYO Aperto has also shuttered, one year after taking over the former Gemelli space. Owner John Wolferth tells The Insider he is looking for a new local space.

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