Chops steak houses are closing

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The two Chops steak houses - in Bala Cynwyd and at 700 Walnut St. - will shut down after business Saturday, June 29, said owner Alex Plotkin.

Plotkin - who opened at 401 City Ave. in fall 2002 and the Washington Square offshoot in spring 2010 - said he ceded the restaurants to his investors. The spaces likely would be converted into office space, he said..

The 401 City Ave. location is an office building (and a former Marabella's reataurant). The Washington Square location was a PSFS bank that had been converted into a restaurant for the short-lived Oceanaire chain.

Plotkin, who has been on the local dining scene since 1992 with turns at the Four Seasons and the Palm, said he had another deal in the works.

Chops achieved a degree of fame in 2007 when Plotkin sued Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan over a review. The suit claimed that LaBan had incorrectly described a steak he was served. The case was settled out of court.

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