The doors are shut for good at Lemon Hill, the neighborhood tavern in Fairmount founded by the Franklin Mortgage team and fittingly well-regarded for its cocktails. A post on the restaurant's Facebook page from Sunday, June 1 announced they would be closed through Wednesday for a couple days of "training" and a private event. A subsequent post from last night, signed by GM Aaron Siak, stated that the closure would be permanent. The latter post appears to have been removed from the page, but co-owner Chris Doggett today confirmed the closure in a statement to Philly.com.
Meanwhile, no official announcement has been made in the case of The Mildred at 8th and Catharine, but Michael Klein is reporting that restaurant also appears to have gone dark: "OpenTable link is down, doors are locked, house is dark, and phone goes to voicemail." Mildred chef-partner Mike Santoro recently opened Rittenhouse bar Charlie Was A Sinner with Nicole Marquis.
UPDATED: The Mildred just released the following statement through a rep:
Effective June 4, chef/owner Michael Santoro and his business partner have decided to part ways amicably closing The Mildred.
"The timing of this is perfect," said Santoro. "I am ready to be in Center City. As an owner, I craved a greater energy and am excited to be able to spend more time in Midtown. I feel great about the opportunity to keep my focus on Charlie during these early months." Santoro [...] has been actively pursuing opportunities to open future restaurant projects of his own.
· Lemon Hill in Fairmount Shuts Abruptly [Philly.com]
· The Mildred Taking a Breather? [Philly.com]
· All Closings Coverage [-EPHI-]