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Koo Zee Doo to close

The mom-and-pop Portuguese-inspired BYOB in Northern Liberties couldn't make it happen.

Koo Zee Doo to close

Koo Zee Doo’s owners, Carla Gonçalves and chef David Gilberg.
Koo Zee Doo’s owners, Carla Gonçalves and chef David Gilberg. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer

If you've been meaning to experience the Portuguese-inspired deliciousness of Koo Zee Doo, the Northern Liberties BYOB, you have till July 14.

That will be its last night, according to husband-wife owners Carla Gonçalves and chef David Gilberg.

The lease is up, and "it's not financially viable," Gilberg told me this morning.

Business over the last three and a half years has been up and down, he said - repeating the mantra that afflicts so many BYOBs: "slow during the week and almost too busy Saturday night."

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Michael Klein
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