The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market Opening SatBy Danya Henninger
November 20, 2013
Combination market-cafe restaurants are hot right now (see: Talula’s Daily, High Street on Market, Tela’s Market). This Saturday, New Jersey will get a star entry in the field when The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market opens its doors on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
Chef-owner Josh Lawler, who has achieved success with his two-and-a-half-year-old Center City BYO The Farm and Fisherman, is partnering with chef Todd Fuller, an alum of Starr restaurants like Tangerine, as well as Treno, a refined pizzeria in New Jersey. The pair has turned the former Andreotti’s Viennese Cafe into a huge combined gourmet grocery and restaurant with bar, all of which will focus on regional, seasonal fare.
The market side will be open throughout the day, serving coffee, breakfast dishes and pastries in the morning; salads, sandwiches and burgers for lunch; and soups, entrees and composed grab-and-go suppers to take home for dinner. Shelves will also be stocked with humanely raised meats and fish, fair-trade coffee beans and local fruits and vegetables. This being New Jersey and happily outside the realm of antiquated PA liquor laws, bottles of wine and craft beers in cans, bottles and in growlers filled by 10 taps will also be available.
On the other side of the central bar is the dining room with seating for 150, which spills over into the market. The menu will offer small plates, snacks, entrees and family-style meals. Teased dishes include hay-baked local chicken, bloody beet salad and Barnegat scallops with winter squash.
Starting this Saturday, the tavern-market will be open from 5 PM daily. Lunch is coming in a couple of weeks, and breakfast will launch in early 2014.
1142 E. Rte. 70, Cherry Hill, NJ; 856-356-2282