Charlie’s Pub and Warsaw Cafe Close; Fare Is Finally Almost Ready to Open

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Winters season of death didnt spare Phillys restaurants in its latest go round. Longtime Center City destination for Eastern European soul food, Warsaw Café, which had been on deathwatch since September, finally gave up the ghost after more than 30 years in operation, the Insider reports. You might recall that Mike Stollenwork bought Warsaws liquor license for his Fathom Seafood House. So, in some respect, its still lives on. Unfortunately the same cant be said for Charlies Pub in Old City, which Foobooz is saying shut down after one last hurrah on Sunday. If Society Hill Hotel was the neighborhoods last cool bar, Charlies was its last best-kept secret. Theres no word yet on what will become of Charlies. But with springs arrival and the promise of rebirth and renewal, theres some good news.

Fare, the more than two years in the making local, sustainable, and organic focused restaurant from David Orphanides and Chef Tim Bellew, has its sights set on opening before Memorial Day at 2028 Fairmount Ave.
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