Blue Duck on Broad, the first Center City offshoot of Northeast Philly’s Blue Duck, is closed. The restaurant opened almost exactly a year ago, replacing Korean-ish eatery Bop at 220 S. Broad Street. A third Blue Duck, this one named Ugly Duckling, opened soon after at 212 S. 11th Street, but closed just a few months later.
The original, a BYOB known for its burgers at 2859 Holme Avenue, remains open.
A rep for the Bellevue building confirmed the Blue Duck on Broad shutter to Philly.com.
The restaurants were initially owned by Joe Callahan and chef Kris Serviss. Serviss left under what sounded like less-than-ideal circumstances in October 2017 (he said he was forced out). Callahan closed Ugly Duckling not long after, in January 2018, at the time telling Eater the closure was not connected to Serviss’ departure.
Both downtown locations had liquor licenses, unlike the Northeast Philly shop, which opened in 2014.