Carman's Country Kitchen, Philly's funkiest and most eclectic bruncherie, is closing up shop on Sunday, December 16. This is incredibly sad news, as Carman and her crew have been a staple of the neighborhood for more than 20 years. The space is severely limited, the the seats are hard to come by, and sometimes it takes an hour for food to leave the kitchen. But, the energy and creativity of Carman's is unmatched, and she was a trailblazer in the brunch game. Count yourself lucky if you've ever scored the famous outdoor table located in the bed of her pickup truck in front of the restaurant.
The owner of the building isn't renewing her lease, and plans to open a pizza shop in place of the Country Kitchen. Carman is planning on taking her game overseas, but she's not sure where. No matter where she ends up, though, he special brand of hospitality will make an impression to all who dine at her establishment.
For those who want to stop in for one last meal, please call the restaurant at 215-339-9613, which is open from Thursday through Monday, from 8 a.m until 2 p.m. She has some travel lined up over the next few months, so popping in to eat there might be difficult. But, it's worth the trouble to say farewell to a true Philly legend. This year has been particularly tough for the old school brunchers, as Carman's shutter joins the passing of Sam Mickey on the list of serious bummers for 2012