Avance Restaurant Shutters after Less than a Year

Less than a year after taking over the space at Le Bec-Fin, Avance has chosen to close its doors

Avance will shutter after dinner service on Saturday, October 11.

Avance, the Philadelphia restaurant that inherited the space of the much lauded classic French restaurant Le Bec-Fin, will close its doors after dinner on Saturday, October 11, after less an a year of service, reports Philly.com.

The restaurant had struggled in the past several months, including an eviction attempt and subsequent summer closure, and had only just reopened in September.

Reviews had been mixed during the restaurant’s tenure, and Avance’s team admitted that, despite their best intentions, “the modern concept did not work in the location as the team had hoped.”

Avance’s chef-partner, Michelin-starred chef Justin Bogle, told Philly.com’s Michael Klein that the decision to “bow out gracefully” was entire based on the financial reality and promised a great dinner service on Saturday to bid farewell.

“We just don't have time to wait and see when it could turn a corner,” Bogle told Klein. “We gave it a shot. We have an awesome team; we'll all land on our feet.”

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.

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