Django, once the darling BYO in Queen Village, shut down over the weekend. Owner Ross Essner says the slow summer, slumping economy and rising competition conspired against him. He promised to make good on oblications for private parties and functions. Django was not on the list of restaurants participating in the current Center City Restaurant Week.
Court records show thousands in judgments from suppliers Julius Silvert and Samuels & Son.
The quick history: Bryan Sikora and Aimee Olexy opened the homey spot on Fourth Street near South in May 2001 and raves poured in. The couple, seeking a change in atmosphere, sold it in October 2005 to a partnership of Essner and Greg Salisbury of Rx. That partnership split up in June 2006, Sikora/Olexy opened Talula's Table in Kennett Square.