The University City location of Bobby's Burger Palace closed permanently on Friday, according to a notice posted on its doors.
"The city of Philadelphia has been so supportive and so enthusiastic about Bobby’s Burger Palace," the statement read. "After a decade of serving burgers, fries and shakes to a loyal UPenn crowd, our lease has come to an end."
Bobby's Burger Palace, a fast-casual hamburger and shakes outlet owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, came to University City in April 2010. The University City location — the only Pennsylvania branch — is now missing from the site's list of stores. Despite the restaurant closure, the notice on the door read that Bobby's Burger Palace hopes to return to Philadelphia.
"We hope to find the next opportunity in the Philadelphia area soon," the statement read. "The Crunchburger will not be gone from the 'city of brotherly love' for long."
Currently, there are 12 Bobby's Burger Palaces in the United States — in Connecticut, D.C., Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.
Bobby's Burger Palace did not respond to immediate requests for comment.
Penn does not lease the location where Bobby's formerly operated, Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services Assistant Director of Communications Heidi Wunder wrote in an email.
Kayla Hoffman, the general manager of the Radian, declined to comment on whether the Radian leased to Bobby's.
At the time of the restaurant's opening, Flay told The Daily Pennsylvanian that Philadelphia was a "gutsy town" that he "likes a lot."
"I'm a burger guy," Flay said.
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