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Fun with Databases: A Tally of Openings and Closings for 2009

While we do our best to keep you up-to-date on what’s new and notable around town, our partners over at MenuPages keep careful track of all of the openings and closings in the Philly area. That means everything from the grand Garces and Starr productions (Village Whiskey, Stella) to chain restaurants (IHOP) and humble takeout joints (Shank’s). If it has a menu, MenuPages researchers will make sure it’s included in the database. And where there are databases, there are Excel spreadsheets! And where there are Excel spreadsheets, there are opportunities for analysis! Like how many openings and closings there were in the Philly area in 2009.

If we weren’t the type of person that still counts on our fingers, we’d be more excited about tangling with all of this math. The numbers are intriguing though, especially in relation to other East Coast cities. In a year where many predicted the recession would kill off many restaurants, there were a total of 326 openings to 192 closings in the Philly area (as defined by the area displayed on the map, above left).

Because this is Philly and we are required by law to compare ourselves to other cities on the East Coast, we also checked out the numbers from our neighbors to the north and south. New York clocked in with 746 closings and 2,536 new restaurants added to the database; Boston added 146 new restaurants and said goodbye to 81 and Washington D.C. added 239 and closed 92. Do with that info what you will.

Fun with Databases: A Tally of Openings and Closings for 2009