Brasserie Perrier, one of the landmarks on the Walnut Street restaurant row, has closed without notice. New Year's Eve was the finale, as staff learned that night.
The bistro, which opened in January 1997 under Georges Perrier, received a slew of awards, including four stars from Mobil.
Its closing had been inevitable. Co-owner Chris Scarduzio, who started as a sous chef and was elevated to partner in March 2004, said that based on the lease signed in 1996, the partnership was paying about $19 per square foot for rent at 1619 Walnut - about a third of current local rates.