Employees at MidAtlantic - Daniel Stern's regional American restaurant at the Science Center in University City - were told Friday night that Feb. 24 would be the finale. It opened in October 2009. Here's Craig LaBan's review from February 2010.
Stern, who also owns R2L, confirmed the impending closing, and referred me to his publicist, who offered two statements - one from Wexford, the building's operator, and another from Stern.
Wexford's said, in part: "We want to thank Daniel Stern Restaurants for their leadership and partnership. We applaud their forward-thinking approach to bringing a superior dining experience to this vibrant corridor of Market Street known as the Avenue of Technology. We are actively marketing the space and look forward to continuing to provide a quality dining experience."
Stern's: "While MidAtlantic Restaurant & Tap Room will close on February 24, our investment in and commitment to the city and its vibrant restaurant scene remains and continues. We wish Wexford and the Science Center the best of luck in the future and are very happy to have worked with them on developing this project. We are actively helping them seek a replacement operator for the project and are thankful for all of the support of our guests and clients. Daniel Stern Restaurants looks forward to serving you at R2L, one of the city's most spectacular restaurants and premier dining destinations."