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White Dog Closed for good

Mawrter Jan 14, 2009 07:00 PM

The end of an era, really. Does anyone know what was going on with them? What will happen to the space? What Judy Wicks is doing next?

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    Buckethead RE: Mawrter Jan 14, 2009 07:22 PM

    Where did you hear/read/see this? I read on Michael Klein's blog that they were closing temporarily for some equipment upgrades, and some of the staff (including the chef) had been let go, but that it would reopen soon:


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      bluehensfan RE: Buckethead Jan 15, 2009 05:09 AM

      Not that I am a fan of the place but I even heard they were thinking of opening a second location outside of the city...

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        cwdonald RE: bluehensfan Jan 15, 2009 07:27 AM

        Reported by Michael Klein in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, the restaurant is closed, and Andy Brown and staff fired. They are cleaning and refitting the kitchen, and are supposed to open as early as

        I also heard about the second site, which I think was supposed to be somehwere over on the Mainline.

        I ate at White Dog last December. The food was good not great though I thought their desserts were quite good. Service was slow as usual, but not painfully so.

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          rabidog RE: cwdonald Jan 15, 2009 08:11 AM

          yes, i thought i heard about a second location opening in wayne? and they'd just hired a new manager to let judy wicks focus more on community efforts, or something to that effect?

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      mazza3 RE: Mawrter Jan 15, 2009 08:16 AM

      this change of power seems like it was done a little ungraciously, but the food there has been crap for a few years, so maybe the change is completed warranted. there was an article in the inky a few weeks ago mentioning that judith wicks was going to focus more on her food charity's work.

      why did you think that is was closed for good?

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        Boognish RE: mazza3 Jan 19, 2009 05:28 AM

        The food was indeed terrible. Fingers crossed that they come back with something inventive, or barring that, just plain good to eat. White Dog had become relegated to "the place I'll have a pint while my fiance shops at the Black Cat."

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          saturninus RE: Boognish Jan 20, 2009 05:13 AM

          True, the food really became terrible. I remember years and years ago what it used to be. I went when they had Alice Waters as a guest chef. Amazing.

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        leepinleemur RE: Mawrter Jan 15, 2009 10:58 AM

        New menus are up and they will reopen very soon, possibly even friday.

        And second location is still planned for Wayne.

        I guess the question about Wicks is still valid.

        1. Mawrter RE: Mawrter Jan 16, 2009 02:23 PM

          Oops, hello, NOT closed for good, as it turns out. As all of you realized. Sorry! I'd heard partial info (staff let go, food donated, etc.) and drew the wrong conclusion. Thanks for the links to the articles. Agree that the food has been lousy there for the last while, and look forward to improvement .

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            Buckethead RE: Mawrter Jan 19, 2009 07:12 AM

            Their new menu is up on Foobooz:


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              Boognish RE: Buckethead Jan 19, 2009 07:47 AM

              Looks good in theory. We'll see about the execution.

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                rabidog RE: Boognish Jan 19, 2009 12:52 PM

                i agree... that's a good looking menu. phillie blunt - cute name. looking forward to hearing reports on the new menu from chowhounders!

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