Pharmacy always seemed like an unlikely find as a restaurant in a narrow shotgun house with vacant lots on either side on the top block of Banks Street in Mid-City. However, over the course of six years it built a loyal following as a cross between a deli and a tavern, with a menu that satisfied many specific cravings and delivered one of the best burgers in town.
But now Fharmacy is closed forever, confirmed chef/owner Nhat Nguyen. The decision came after the many intensifying challenges people in the restaurant business have been facing since the pandemic turned their industry upside down.
The stress of keeping the small restaurant running created health issues that convinced him he had to resign, the chef said.
Fharmacy started observing irregular hours earlier this year; It’s been closed for good since last week.
The restaurant space at 2540 Banks Street is now up for lease, owner Gregory Guth said.
Fharmacy opened in 2016 when the new hospital complexes nearby were completed. The building was formerly home to the burger shop Dis & Dem.
It has the contours of a diner inside with an open plan kitchen with seating and a few tables in the room.
The crew here stacked thick deli sandwiches, sliced lemongrass chicken for tacos, seasoned spicy wings with sauce, deep-fried boudin balls and poured Belgian ale straight from the tap over bowls of mussels.
The Philly-style roast pork sandwich was stuffed with veggies, and Fharmacy was making a Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich long before this regional staple received a new cachet through his role on the FX series The Bear.
The burgers—thick, coarsely ground, bubbly juice—were a major draw and ranked among the best in town.
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