Gayle closing

Sept. 4 is the finale for Gayle, Daniel Stern's ambitious BYO, after nearly four years on Third Street in Queen Village. (Not a good summer for that block, what with Ansill pulling the plug.)

Stern's publicist tells me that it's closing because the lease is up. It's not yet known if he will stage some blow-out last meal, though a Sept. 9 open house "toast" is planned.

In March, Gayle put its liquor license in safekeeping to go the BYOB route.

Stern, who closed Rae in the Cira Centre around New Year's, has two other restaurants in the pipeline:

MidAtlantic in University City (September) and R2L in Two Liberty Place (November).

Gayle succeeded Azafran, which closed as owner Susanna Goihman came under suspicion for the 2005 DWI hit-and-run death of a teenager in East Falls. Goihman, who pleaded guilty, is serving three to six years in the state prison in Cambridge Springs.

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