Restaurant notes: Snackbar to go out with a bang

Jonathan Makar confirms that Snackbar, his boite at 20th and Rittenhouse Streets, will close after service on Feb. 5, wrapping up after four years and three months. (A report surfaced this morning at

"It feels like the right thing to do at the moment," Makar told me.

Talk is that his five-year lease is coming up.

He has opened the reservation book for what he's calling "the last supper," a four-course menu for $45 on both Feb 2 and 3. Menu is to be determined.

Snackbar won a Best of Philly from Philadelphia Magazine in 2007 and under previous chef John "Chainsaw" Taus (now at The Corner) got three bells from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan in 2009.

Rare among owners of small restaurants, Makar established the Snackbar Breast Cancer Research Fund, which through guests funneled donations to the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center.