Avril in Bala Cynwyd has closed after two years, a decision that owner April Lisante equated to "giving up a child."
"Tough out there," said her husband, chef Christian Gatti. "We met some welcome people, and had some wonderful memories."
It was the solo restaurant debut for Gatti, a chef formerly at City Tavern, White Dog Cafe, and Audrey Claire, and Lisante, a former food writer at the Philadelphia Daily News. He's working at a bakery now.
A seafood restaurant with a South Philly pedigree is coming to the Bala Avenue space.