After nearly 30 years of running the Fairmount favorite, Terry Berch and Chef Michael McNally are closing London Grill. The formerly married couple took over the restaurant in 1991, and Berch has stated that with this many years under their belts, both owners in their 60s, and changes in the food scene, it was simply time to move on. Bring in new blood. Don’t expect them to go quietly though!
This weekend, May 18 and 19, gather at the London Grill for one last London Burger, one more Fish and Chips, and one final toast to the beloved Philadelphia restaurant at the corner of 23rd and Fairmount Streets.
On Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., the restaurant will be open for their last full service. They will offer favorites from their menus such as Chef Michael’s famed duck dishes. (This was the dish that won them their first Best of Philly award in 1993!) Then, on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 2 p.m., guests are invited to a cash-only party at the bar, with rare beers such as Pliny the Elder; Willie Sutton Lager, London’s house beer; and more. Expect complimentary snacks and fun surprises, plus alums from London’s past stopping by to wish them well.
London Grill’s impressive run is a rarity among restaurants. Over the years, they’ve stayed committed to their mission of serving craft beer, wine and cocktails alongside a comforting menu of pub fare. A true neighborhood spot, they regularly hosted lively events, including the famous Bastille Day Block Party (which grew into the city’s largest, and ran for 24 years) and treasured family traditions such as Chef Michael’s annual Passover Seder and Thanksgiving Feast. Their final weekend is sure to be a raucous send-off, so come raise a glass at London Grill one last time.