David Katz has closed Meme, his American bistro at 22d and Spruce Streets, after nearly four years.
Part of the "whatwhat?" is the status of an Aug. 5 popup dinner by Matyson's Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh to show off their Cheu Noodle Bar. Puchowitz says he's not sure if the location will hold, as he'd have to obtain insurance for one day. (Update: It's postponed.)
Here's a ringing three-bell endorsement by Craig LaBan from February.
A statement from Katz:
As of today, July 31st Meme will be no longer open for business. I have decided to sell after a good 4 year run, because I want to pursue other things and spend more time with my family. It was a great step in my career, I've learned a lot, made some great relationships, and had fun. Thanks to everyone who supported us over the years, your business was greatly appreciated. I have no plans as of yet personally and Meme will be up for sale by the end of August. Continue to follow us on twitter @memerestaurant and @cookdavidkatz.
Asked about gift certificates, Katz declined to return my message.