Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hot Potato Cafe: Dropped

Indicators point to a closing of the Fishtown restaurant that Gordon Ramsay spruced up on Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares."

Hot Potato Cafe: Dropped

Interior of Hot Potato, from Craiglist ad.
Interior of Hot Potato, from Craiglist ad.
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Even Gordon Ramsay couldn't save Hot Potato Cafe in Fishtown.

The disconnected phone number, a sign on the door, and plaintive comments on its Facebook page show that the three-year-old BYOB on Girard Avenue has closed. Management confirmed the closing Monday as its lease expires Aug. 31.

A Craiglist ad, posted Thursday, advertises the business as a "turn-key" operation because  management is moving on.

The charismatic Ramsay visited the eatery last year for a makeover for Fox's Kitchen Nightmares that included decor and menu. Here's critic Brian McManus' take on the changes he observed after the makeover, which he compared to his visit in 2007. 


The scene at Hot Potato Cafe
Hot Potato Cafe's new look and menu

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