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Pour one out for Champp’s near Ikea. It’s gone forever

Champp’s Americana, the large sit-down chain restaurant located at Columbus Blvd. and Snyder Ave., has closed after 10 years in the Columbus Commons shopping center. The Insider broke the news via Twitter (#ohthehumanity).


In a way, it’s kind of beautiful (photo: James Jennings)

While it’s unclear as to when Champp’s officially closed up shop, the folks over at the South Philly Review listed it in their recent “Super Bowl Sunday Party Guide” late last month. Champp’s has 37 locations nationwide, with two restaurants in Pennsylvania. The signage has been removed from the both the complex and the building itself and South Philly location is no longer listed on the official website.

Don’t worry though, they left a note thanking befuddled patrons who may wander across the Lowe’s parking lot looking for a place to watch the big game, have some suds, and get their mandatory dose of Americana:


Gotta go to the ‘burbs if you want your slice of Champp’s Americana (photo: James Jennings)

The closure of such a large restaurant prompts a few questions: mainly, what could possibly replace it? Secondly, does it have to be a chain? Lastly, why did they spell it with an extra ‘P’?

Keep it close as we look to nail down at least two of those questions as more information becomes available.

And who knows, we hear AAA Mid-Atlantic is looking at some prime real estate along Columbus Boulevard?


Note the lack of signage (Photo: Pennsporter)

- James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood  from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.

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9 Responses to Pour one out for Champp’s near Ikea. It’s gone forever

  1. JokerBoog March 3, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Heard a Buffalo Wild Wings will be at this location? Any truth to this??

    • Helen March 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      I heard Buffalo wild wings or a Hooters from the bartender at famous Dave’s

    • Jillian March 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      A Buffalo Wildwings would be great for fight nights.

  2. Kerry Marvel March 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Too many people asking for refunds for bad food

  3. AnthonyG March 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    meh. Realistically what else is could function in that building? Only another crap-o chain.

  4. Ben March 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Buffalo Wild Wings has not expressed any interest in the space. It will most definitely be replaced by another restaurant of good quality. Champps left the space in prime condition for the Landlord to be able to cut an aggressive deal with another restaurant. All kitchen equipment and bar equipment were left in place. The landlord will be holding an open house in the near future.

  5. Mike March 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    I would love a PJ Whelihans. 100000x better than Chickies. They actually add things to their menu…could you imagine that? A restaurant that adds food to their menu more than once every 5 years!?

  6. Angela March 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Good riddance. I actually eat at chain restaurants from time to time, and so I’m not against them in principle, but this place was horrid. I went there a few times to watch a game, but it always smelled like stale oil and beer, and the food would have been a bad value at half the price.

    A place with good wings would be an ideal tenant. I feel like I’ve tried wings pretty much every place south of Washington, but there’s no place in South Philly whose wings are better than “okay”. (Taking suggestions!)

    • AnthonyG March 5, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      Wings -> Pub on Passyunk East!

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