Relish, a restaurant that was located in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood for more than a decade, has officially closed. The eatery served its last customers on Sunday (Jan. 22).
It’s food like this we will miss:
As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “With southern cuisine, live jazz, a polished atmosphere, and a political pedigree, Relish has been a bright light on the Ogotntz Avenue commercial corridor in the city’s West Oak Lane section for nearly 14 years.”
Robert Bynum and his brother Ben Jr. opened Relish in the spring of 2009. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Robert said they wanted to give attention to their restaurant South Jazz Kitchen and the events venue, which is right next door, called SouthSide, located at Broad and Mount Vernon Streets. In the interview, he added that they have operated more than one venue at a time since 1996, which is a long run.
“It’s not easy,” he told the publication. “It’s all consuming. We spent 25 years being pulled in numerous directions, trying to handle numerous different restaurants. Like a lot of people, the pandemic refocused us and made us feel like we still love the business, but we don’t love the craziness that’s often times a part of it.” We wish them all the best!