High Street on Market Replacing Fork:etcBy Danya Henninger
August 20, 2013
Last time we stopped into Fork:etc, the counter-service sister next door to Fork, proprietor Ellen Yin hinted that big changes were in the works. She wasn’t kidding. Along with star chef Eli Kulp, Yin is closing the grab-and-go shop and reopening it as High Street on Market.
High Street - named after Market Street’s colonial moniker - will showcase Kulp’s talents in a constantly changing menu of “boundary-pushing” food. Expect hard-to-find ingredients and “Old World” preservation techniques served in family-style dinners Tuesday through Saturday. A craft cocktail list will feature housemade shrubs and infused spirits.
The new spot will still serve pastries and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, along with coffee from Rival Bros. pulled on a brand new La Marzocco espresso machine. In the afternoons, look for pastas, salads and sandwiches made with bread from the on-site bakery, crafted from locally milled flours and grains. The retail part of the market will remain, selling loaves and prepared foods.
Renovations will bring a room full of natural wood, with church pew seating surrounded by cream-colored subway tiles and blue wainscoting. The design is by Philadelphia-based firm Marguerite Rodgers, and will include a map highlighting Kulp’s local food sources.
Fork:etc will close after service on Friday, August 23, and the new venture should be ready to go by mid-September. When it is open, High Street on Market will serve breakfast and lunch 7 AM-3:30 PM, Monday-Friday and 8 AM-3:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday, then offer dinner 5:30-10:30 PM Tuesday-Thursday and through 11 PM on Friday and Saturday.
Though the restaurant’s website is not quite live, you can follow @HighStPhilly for updates.