Report: Philadelphia lost independent restaurants in past year

    With new gatropubs popping up all the time, this news about Philadelphia’s restaurant scene may seem a bit counter-intuitive: The number of independent restaurants in Philadelphia and its suburbs is actually falling.

    The Philadelphia Business Journal reports a annual drop of 126, or about 1 percent. Chain restaurants actually grew, to 5,848 from 5799.

    According to yearly NPD Group report, that makes for a total of 16,120 restaurants in the Philadelphia region, up 77 from the previous March 31.

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