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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Palladino’s closed through September for renovation

UPDATE: There’s more than renovations happening at Palladino’s. According to Philly Mag, the closure is due to landlord/tenant issues. Luke Palladino is being sued for claims that he “hasn’t paid rent on the restaurant since March and owes the landlord more than $25,000.”

Palladino’s opened its doors in December of 2014, bringing Northern Italian dining from Luke Palladino to 1934 E. Passyunk Ave.

Palladino's is ready go to. (Photo: Nick Valinote)

(Photo: Nick Valinote)

The East Passyunk Avenue dining spot is now planning a renovation to make the restaurant “more of a community gathering place.”

According to The Insider, the plan is to brighten the atmosphere of the restaurant, adding some rock-and-roll themed decor. This renovation will also be bringing some changes to the menu with more Italian-American classics and the option of ordering for takeout.

To make these changes, the restaurant will be closed throughout the summer. The expected reopening date is Friday, September 9.

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20 Responses to Palladino’s closed through September for renovation

  1. Epx Serf July 13, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    “adding some rock-and-roll themed decor”

    What? Why would you junk up your classy joint like that? I hope the food quality doesn’t suffer – the steak Firenze is superb.

  2. anon July 13, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Yeah, there aren’t enough places serving “Italian American classics” in the neighborhood. And rock and roll decor? WTF? What is the target market for this redesign? The people that already don’t go to Paradiso? Can’t wait til they close and someone who knows what they’re doing takes over.

  3. Ian July 13, 2016 at 10:55 am #


  4. Steve July 13, 2016 at 11:02 am #


  5. Mike July 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Seems a little strange to close your steakhouse for renovations just before an arena-full of people come to town for the DNC. There has to be something else going on here, right?

    • ProvWitout July 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

      Agreed! Seems very strange indeed!

  6. Tyrone July 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    Believe it or not, this a bad part of the avenue for a restaurant. The new décor sounds a little desperate. Looks like the death spiral has begun.

    • anon July 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

      Yeah terrible… Le Virtu and Will BYOB are really struggling. As is Stargazy and Sate Kampar up the block. What a joke. Despite the food being good this concept is played out and boring. People are not interested in an Italian steakhouse. And the fact that he wants to make it more red gravy Italian shows that he knows nothing about the kind of restaurants people want in the area.

      • Hmmm July 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

        Wait, are you being facetious about the other restaurants suffering? Or are they really?

        • anon July 14, 2016 at 9:57 am #

          Sorry, was being sarcastic, they are all doing great was my point.

      • Amy July 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

        All those places are awesome! How could they be struggling?

  7. Ian July 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    Case Solved:

    Looks like landlord/tenant issues…

    • Anthony July 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

      Thanks for the link Ian.

      After reading the article, it sounds like Palladino himself is having issues. Lots of them. Hope it resolves. Despite what some others are saying here, I like having an Italian Steakhouse in the neighborhood.

  8. Tryone July 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    Typical white business owner. Exploiting laws and trying to make more and more money.

    • Alex July 14, 2016 at 11:09 am #

      that was neat.

    • Maria Bennett July 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

      what does that mean?

  9. Lou_100x July 14, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    The whole concept of bringing Jersey Shore fancy Italian dinging to Passyunk Ave was doomed to fail. Let Starr or Garces take over the spot. Or even Tony Luke, turn back into sandwich joint.

  10. Maria Bennett July 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    All of the people who are making these awful comments obviously have 9 to 5 jobs and do not have a clue what it is like to depend on the public to survive. I really believe there is nothing more ignorant then criticism from those with no knowledge!!!!!!!

  11. D July 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    The Resturant itself was doing just fine. It’s Luke Palladino’s big ego which bit him in the ass. He thinks he is some kind of big celebrity. He isn’t that big a deal. The issue is he is a smart ass that thought he could get away without paying his bills….if he wanted to be an ass like that, he should’ve bought the building instead. Rent gets paid first, always…
    Once he pays his landlord, and all his back judgements I’m sure he will reopen. Don’t believe for a second anything about the renovation BS….I go by the place a few times a week. Nothing is going on in there….just a wise ass that got it stuck up his ass…

  12. DC August 9, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    This restaurant is not reopening. That was just his coward’s way out and not wanting to explain to the media when his bad practices caught up with him.

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