The latest restaurant to join the fray in Philadelphia’s now-burgeoning local food scene is spot called The Farmers’ Cabinet. It is the product of husband-and-wife team Matt and Colleen Swartz, along with their partner Matt Scheller and will open its doors later this March. The Swartzes and Scheller also own restaurants in East Falls and Bethlehem, PA. This new hot spot will live at 1113 Walnut Street.
The Farmers’ Cabinet will feature a menu that they’re called “rustic American,” complemented by cocktails crafted by drinks expert Damon Dyer and an extensive assortment of European craft beers (though if they’re so intent on featuring American food, why are they looking to Europe for the beers?). Starting this summer, they’ll also be brewing small batches of artisanal beers in a small, two barrel system that they’re calling a nano-brewery.
The name pays homage to a long-defunct Philadelphia-based publication also called The Farmers’ Cabinet. The first time the word “cocktail” is found in print was in its pages. As co-owner Matt Scheller says, “We loved the idea of a farmer handpicking items from his ‘cabinet’ to serve for his family and friends, and it really conveys what we are trying to do here. Not only does The Farmers’ Cabinet reflect our mission, but it also has a neat historical significance to this region.”
The Farmer’s Cabinet will serve food and drink from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily; lunch and brunch hours will be added in the months following their opening. For more information, or to make a reservation, please follow them on twitter @thefarmerscabinet, visit their website or call 215-923-1113.