Fairmount staple, London Grill, closes its doors after more than 50 years of service

Justin Udo
May 19, 2019 - 5:46 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A popular Philadelphia watering hole with a storied history has served its last drink.

The London Grill has been a staple in the city's Fairmount neighborhood for decades, and its building is one of the oldest bar structures in Philadelphia.

Co-owner Terry Berch McNally says, “1843 it was the Golden Lager Saloon, and then it turned into McMinnimens, an Irish pub and then it became London in 1968."

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She says the bar had a good run, but it's time for them to shut down shop.

“It was just time,” she said. “You're looking at 30 years in one place. We're a little older. We want to do something else. We just think it needs new blood. It needs a new owner in here, now.”

McNally says she thinks the connections and interactions people had at the bar, is one of the reasons they stayed so popular for so long.

“We did a whole Valentine's Day with how many people met here and got married, and some people got married here,” she said.

McNally closed the bar for its final drink over the weekend, and says it's been a pretty emotional time.

“People who worked for us are flying in,” she said. “Customers that have moved away everybody is reaching out.  It's insane. I've never actually seen a restaurant go down like this. It makes us really really happy.”