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Jul 20, 2010 01:08 PM

Bebe's BBQ Has Closed

I read that today on Craig Laban's chat. While I did enjoy mostly everything I had there, I can't say I'm surprised. It seemed like every time I went there, they were out of something and always had the same 2-3 sides. Also, they would advertise brisket and then offer chopped up beef ribs instead. Not quite the same.

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  1. I read last week that it's not permanent, they plan to reopen in the fall. Of course, I've heard that a couple times before about other places and it's never panned out.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      I read about that too. It seems like Mark borrowed Adam Gertler's quote when the Smoked Joint (anyone remember that?) closed down saying that they would reopen eventually.

      I liked Bebe's brisket (when they had it) but found their BBQ to be just a bit too spicy for me. Save the mac and cheese, the rest of the sides were meh, and the cornbread was not so hot. The banana pudding was to die for but they seemed to run out of it a lot. Combined with a weird location and the fact that sometimes getting in and out could be a pain with parking and the fact that the food needed to be prepared for each meal I guess I am not surprised. It is a shame that places like this shut down while other places (Q in Old City) can manage to stay afloat. I seem to remember telling Mark once that Bebe's was more suited for Reading Terminal if Delilah's weren't already there.

      1. re: bluehensfan

        Bebe's would kill it at RTM if they could keep up with the volume. I don't think you can compare a place like Bebe's to Q; Q has a bar and is much better capitalized. Bebe's was basically a DIY labor of love. RIP Bebe's.

        1. re: bluehensfan

          Every time I see Adam Gertler on TV, I scream, BRING BACK THAT MAC AND CHEESE. I know the Smoked Joint won't really reopen, but part of me remains delusional-ly hopeful.

          1. re: urbanfabric

            You can't be missing it more than me. The pulled pork, brisket, chicken, tender ribs, mac and cheese, and the sweet pototo fries were the best. Granted they never quite mastered the skillets of cornbread (they kept messing around with jalapenos and something else) but as far as BBQ goes this was by far the best place in town. Every time we go somewhere else I keep comparing it (unfavorably at that). I even miss the dungeon-like atmosphere...

      2. Bebe's may just e closed for the summer. According to GrubStreetPhiladelphia "Bebe’s owner Mark Coates emailed back, saying that he will remain closed for the remainder of summer “for restructuring,” but is available for catering and “looks forward to seeing everyone in the fall.”'"

        1. Thought I would bump this back up since I read that Paesano's will be moving their location to Bebe's storefront so the owners of Modo Mio can open a Sicilian restaurant on 9th and Christian.

          So that puts to rest any notions that Bebe's will be reopening, unless they have a new location as well.

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          1. re: Philly Ray

            And on top of that, it was just announced that Mark Coates, proprietor and pitmaster at Bebe's, is now running the kitchen at Fergie's.

            1. re: barryg

              Wow. Granted Philly has a bad record of having chefs owing decent BBQ restaurants closing and saying they will reopen sometime in the future (as in the Smoked Joint) but I did read on Mark's twitter page a while back that he is considering doing a BBQ truck. Given barryg's info maybe not...