Report: Avril BYOB in Bala Cynwyd Closes

There's no notice on the door.

Michael Klein of the Inquirer reported on his Insider blog Wednesday that Avril BYOB in Bala Village has closed after two years.

Klein quotes chef Christian Gatti as saying it was "tough out there" and mentions "a seafood restaurant with a South Philly pedigree" would be replacing the BYOB.

Commissioner George Manos, whose Ward 9 includes Bala Village, could not be reached for comment.

No sign on the restaurant Wednesday afternoon indicated it had closed. A call to Avril's main number did not go through.

Narberth-Bala Cynwyd Patch the BYOB in March.

Roz Warren June 01, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Can't say that I'm sorry. I ate there with a friend once and her meal was made with cheese that had obviously gone bad. When the owner stopped by our table to ask "How is everything?" we told her that my friend's meal was inedible. Owner insisted that it was SUPPOSED to taste like that! Why ask if you're going to ignore the answer?? We never went back.
Phillyjazz June 04, 2011 at 12:28 PM
The menu SOUNDED great when you read it. Unfortunately, she was a better food writer than he was a chef.
Hartm August 03, 2011 at 03:51 AM
The whiny and slightly hysterical indignation in the other comments here is really surprising, as I've eaten at Avril between one and two dozen times, and the food has always been very good to excellent. It's certainly been much better than all the other local venues, which are either overpriced and underwhelming (Aldar comes to mind), or mediocre greasy spoons (Murray's, Hymie's, all the pizza places, etc.) All restaurants can be uneven, especially in their first year (anyone who regularly visits restaurants or reads reviews knows this), and they are liable for their mistakes. Based on these petulant comments, however, I'd say that the diners of Bala Cynwyd have now been left with the restaurants they deserve.
Phillyjazz August 03, 2011 at 10:20 AM
@Hartm : Why don't you spare us the attitude? I don't appreciate my reserved comment being called "whiny" or "hysterical." I was being polite. My wife and I ate there THREE times in order to give them a fair shot. The food was ILL PREPARED, and the service amateurish.. These were not "off-nights", or if they were, it was a statistical anomaly that we showed up randomly over the course of a year on precisely those evenings when the chef was preparing things incorrectly, and the wait staff had just been hired and did not understand the menu. Yes, April was a sweet hostess, and am sure she and her husband's dreams were dashed. I feel sorry for them. That does not change the fact, that to even a moderately sophisticated palate, the restaurant was not up to par, consequently overpriced, and one of countless ill-advised ventures that failed due to the inexperience of those involved.


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