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Society Hill Society Shutters After Nine Months

Its predecessor, the Artful Dodger, held court in the space for more than three decades.

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A prominent corner of Headhouse Square has gone quiet, according to reporting by Michael Klein. Promising newcomer Society Hill Society has apparently closed up shop, roughly nine months after its April opening. According to Klein's report, the restaurant has not opened for service since this past weekend.

Confirmation has not been offered from the business itself, but Klein cites suppliers who report having been asked to retrieve leased equipment. While the restaurant's voicemail has not been updated or turned off, it is currently offline on OpenTable. SHS is the first restaurant from Reed Barrow, an artist who oversaw an extremely handsome makeover for the space.

There have been signs of trouble: The business dropped its PR representation and went mostly quiet months ago. One Yelper mentions claims to have booked and confirmed a reservation after Christmas, only to arrive to find the restaurant closed without notice. Despite its excellent bar and appealing brunch service, the restaurant always seemed to struggle to connect with its audience at dinner. Opening chef Yun Fuentes left quietly earlier this year; his successor, Travis Messman, just recently gave the menu an overhaul that moved the concept toward larger portions and more familiar comfort foods.

Society Hill Society

400 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 267 273 1434 Visit Website

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