A bitter bit of news this week, from The Insider:
Django, once the darling BYO in Queen Village, shut down over the weekend. Owner Ross Essner says the slow summer, slumping economy and rising competition conspired against him. He promised to make good on oblications for private parties and functions. Django was not on the list of restaurants participating in the current Center City Restaurant Week.
Django had arguably not been the same since Bryan Sikora and Aimee Olexy left in 2005 to open Talula’s Table in Kennett Square, but it was a big deal when it opened in 2001, and a beloved neighborhood mainstay.
We don’t advocate restaurants sitting on their laurels and competition is always a good way to fan the flames, in terms of inventiveness and quality, but it’s a little sad to see one of the (sort of) older guard fold. Besides, it seems likely that this closing had far more to do with the economy than anything else. Let’s just hope that this is not a harbinger of (restaurant) end-times.
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