Bar owner Jolly Weldon faces stalking, harassment charges

Restaurateur Jolly Weldon was arraigned Friday on charges of making terroristic threats, stalking, harassment and reckless endangerment in an alleged dispute with ex-business partners in Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar (2006 Chestnut).

According to a police report, on Sept. 8 Weldon threatened Timothy Smith, who owns the building, and two men physically restrained Weldon from attacking Smith outside the Center City piano lounge.

Jolly Weldon (right) with Samantha Simonsen and Evan Prochniak in July 2010 at the National Constitution Center at Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly party. Photo: HughE Dillon/

Weldon also turned up at Smith's apartment the next day, according to police.

Smith's son Brendan, who owns Smith's Restaurant (19th & Chestnut) and whose catering company, B Smiths Catering, provided food for Jolly's, told us Friday that Weldon had drunkenly threatened him and his brother, Timothy, who is not involved in the business. Brendan says he received several threatening e-mails from Weldon, who turned himself in to police Oct. 1, after learning of his arrest warrant.

Weldon, whose given name is Jolyon, was the longtime proprietor of Jolly's American Bar inside the Latham Hotel (17th & Walnut) and opened the Prime Rib (17th & Locust) with his brother Garth, who runs the spot now.

He's due in court Dec. 20 for a preliminary hearing; he did not respond to requests for comment.

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