Charlie’s Pub and Warsaw Cafe Close; Fare Is Finally Almost Ready to Open

Photo: Kirsten Henri

Winter’s season of death didn’t spare Philly’s restaurants in its latest go round. Longtime Center City destination for Eastern European soul food, Warsaw Café, which had been on deathwatch since September, finally gave up the ghost after more than 30 years in operation, the Insider reports. You might recall that Mike Stollenwork bought Warsaw’s liquor license for his Fathom Seafood House. So, in some respect, its still lives on. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Charlie’s Pub in Old City, which Foobooz is saying shut down after one last hurrah on Sunday. If Society Hill Hotel was the neighborhood’s last cool bar, Charlie’s was its last best-kept secret. There’s no word yet on what will become of Charlie’s. But with spring’s arrival and the promise of rebirth and renewal, there’s some good news.

Fare, the more than two years in the making local, sustainable, and organic focused restaurant from David Orphanides and Chef Tim Bellew, has it’s sights set on opening before Memorial Day at 2028 Fairmount Ave.
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