Jon’s Bar & Grille, the big corner spot with a patio and roof deck at 3rd and South streets, has closed. It served the neighborhood for 37 years, hanging a sign that proclaimed it as the birthplace of the Three Stooges’ Larry Fine.
The owners put the bar up for sale last summer, reports Philly.com, and are asking for $2.5 million, which includes the business, building, and liquor license.
Jon’s, opened in 1981 and expanded in 1998, was known for its ample outdoor space, with its crowded patio during warm months. It was also known for its mural of Fine, which was first painted in 1999 to honor the actor and then repainted in 2005. Fine was born in October 1902 at 606 S. 3rd.
This is the second four-decade-old South Street institution to close recently, after Bridget Foy’s was destroyed in a fire. The owners of Bridget Foy’s are rebuilding and plan to reopen the bar/restaurant next year.