Lou Bird’s, an upscale casual New American restaurant at 500 S. 20th Street in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, has announced it will close this weekend as reported by Philly Chit Chat.
Owned and operated by Norris and Debbie Jordan, Lou Bird’s opened in August 2016 on the corner of 20th and Lombard Streets in the location formerly known as Meritage. The restaurant and bar, named after the Jordans’ 17-year-old daughter Lexi, followed up on the success of the couple’s first restaurant, The Happy Rooster, located at 16th and Sansom Streets in Philadelphia. For their second restaurant, the Jordans wanted to offer an affordable dining experience tailored to the chic setting of its Rittenhouse neighborhood.
Prior to opening Lou Bird’s, the Jordans worked to gut and redesign the building’s interior from scratch. The restaurant was completely refitted with a new kitchen and updated dining space, in addition to removing the drywall to expose the building’s beautiful original brick, which dates back to 1915. Meticulously restored reclaimed wood and antique fixtures from the iconic Divine Lorraine Hotel were added as accent pieces.
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