A reprieve for Avance

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Dining room at Avance, 1523 Walnut St., Philadelphia. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

Avance - Justin Bogle's upmarket American on Walnut Street - seems to have dodged a bullet.

Its landlord's demand for eviction is on hold, per a filing yesterday in Common Pleas Court.

Avance's initial landlord was chef Georges Perrier, who operated Le Bec-Fin there for three decades. But Perrier lost 1523 Walnut St. in a sheriff's sale.

New owners - a corporation supposedly itching to install a higher-paying retailer- sued for eviction, alleging two months' missed rent. Avance pays $28,000 a month, according to the court papers.

Lawyers for both sides are not discussing the case publicly. I hear that an Avance backer ponied up cash to satisfy the judge, if not the landlord, WA Financial Partners L.P.

The court docket says both parties will discuss, and may come back to court at the end of August if need be.

Meanwhile, Avance is basking in the recent win of a Wine Spectator award, putting it in good company with such wine destinations as Del Frisco's, La Famiglia and Ristorante Panorama.

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