The Paddock at Devon, situated on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Old Eagle School Road in the former John Harvard’s, closed abruptly on Saturday night, January 7, 2012 following one final dinner service. Paddock’s employees were informed at the beginning of their shift of the restaurant’s closing, and within days, much of the kitchenware and interior contents were auctioned off to interested parties.

The New American restaurant premiered as part of the local dining landscape on Nov. 21, 2008, following owner Joe Carney’s extensive three million dollar face-lift to the formerly defunct building. The Paddock quickly became popular for its approachable, upscale pub grub and versatile beverage program.

For over three years, guests frequented the 13,000 square foot restaurant–one that hosted a generous bar area equipped six plasma televisions and an attractive space for private events. Affordable happy hour specials and regular live music made the establishment an immediate haunt, and reoccurring live acts like Chatterband and Frisky Rocks drew big crowds time and time again.

Have a fond memory from The Paddock, or a favorite dish that you’re sad to be without? What would you like to see fill the newly-abandoned Lancaster Avenue space?


Philabundance, the region’s largest food bank and hunger relief organization, received a call earlier this week from the broker handling the restaurant’s closure. Members of the Church of the Good Samaritan‘s food pantry of Paoli were then contacted and connected to remove the recently-closed restaurant’s remaining inventory of food. Full story here.

Insider reports that the space’s new owner is Landmark Americana, a regional bar-restaurant (other locations are found in West Chester, Philadelphia and Glassboro, NJ).