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JanR Jul 17, 2012 08:11 AM

Mike Klein is saying that Gilmore's may have closed. This would be disappointing. I have always loved Gilmore's. I had a very nice dinner there a few weeks ago, and it has always been a favorite. I know there is some feeling on this board that it has gone downhill (and it may have a bit) but it was still a special place.

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    FayeD Jul 17, 2012 06:28 PM

    I really hope this is not true.

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      cwdonald Jul 19, 2012 09:19 AM

      The one thing that struck me was that Gilmore's had walked away from Opentable. I wonder if that had ANY effect on the restaurant closing.

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      FayeD Jul 17, 2012 06:31 PM

      Really really disappointed and surprised by this, but I just dialed their phone number and they are closed as of July 15. I wish I would have known in advance since I would have like to visit at least one more time.

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        leepinleemur Jul 17, 2012 08:57 PM

        Yep, the Chef is changing careers. Here is the story http://westchesterdish.com/2012/07/sa...

        1. CindyJ Jul 18, 2012 07:04 AM

          That's really a shame. Gilmore's was one of the pioneers that put West Chester on the "foodie map."

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            Liz K Jul 18, 2012 09:18 AM

            We hadn't been to Gilmores's for a few years until we went for our anniversary in June... Really glad we had a last meal there.

            1. 94Bravo Jul 19, 2012 07:26 AM

              Bravo for him going out on his terms and at the top, though. Not out with a burned-out whimper or bankrupt. I used to be a chef and also gave up the working long, crazy hours, ALL weekends, ALL holidays practically, NO life outside the kitchen. People who haven't been there have no idea what it's like to work a job where you are on your feet literally 99% of the time for 12-16 hours 6, even 7 days a week and it's a line of work that does not allow you much time off or any kind of normal family life. Anthony Bourdain put it perfectly when he said being a restaurant chef is a young man's game.

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                JanR Jul 19, 2012 08:05 AM

                Yes, it's totally understandable. But I will (selfishly) say I'm disappointed.Here's Mike Klein's article from yesterday's Inquirer:
                http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

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                  FrankJBN Jul 19, 2012 08:42 AM

                  . "People who haven't been there have no idea what it's like to work a job where you are on your feet literally 99% of the time for 12-16 hours 6, even 7 days a week"

                  A lot like working at a gas station, huh?

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                    94Bravo Jul 19, 2012 10:56 AM

                    Nah, working a gas station would be a vacation compared to the heat, stress and craziness of working a restaurant chef job!

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                  Dave H Jul 21, 2012 07:31 AM

                  Yes, unfortunately true. I reveived an e-mail from them a few days ago. What a loss. Life goes on.

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