Zanzibar Blue to close

The first time I went to Zanzibar Blue was the summer of 2004. Three friends and I had spotted a deal in the Philly Funsaver that was offering a half-off concert at that landmark jazz club and thought it would be a fun change from our normal Saturday nights. We got together early at my apartment to dress and do our make up together (it was like being back in high school) and walked down to Broad Street. We got there early enough to have a drink at the bar before the show. The atmosphere was sophisticated and made me feel adult in a way that going to the North Star or the Tin Angel never seems to accomplish.

I’ve been there quite a few times more since then and I always really enjoy the space, the food and the people who frequent it. I was stunned and saddened to learn this morning (via Michael Klein’s Table Talk column) that they will be closing on April 29th. Philadephia will lose something special when they close their doors.

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