My husband and I went to Cafe Barcelona in Chestnut Hill last night only to find out that it closed. I am so upset over this, this was my go to place for good homemade tapas in a casual inexpensive setting. Now the only place to get tapas it to make the trek into the city for Amada, Bar Ferdinand, or any of the other new high end and higher price places. This reallly was the perfect little neighborhood spot.
I have no idea why they closed, but I imagine it was for financial reasons. The place never really was full, and often was on the empty side. I really cannot understand why they did not get more business, the food was great, prices reasonable, service friendly, they got good buzz on this board and overall had a really good reputation. And it breaks my heart to see a good restaurant close (I think there is an article in this month's Philly Mag on this topic). My experience is that you always get the best most soulful food in the small locally owned places. I do not understand how chain restaurants are filled to the brims where some wonderful smaller restaurants are empty some weekends. This phenomoenon is expecially prevalant in the burbs. Everyone says there is no good food in the burbs... you know why.... we do have some great restaurants but they all seem to go out of business because people are too busy going to Outback to stuff their faces with a bloomin' onion!