At the end of the month, Honeygrow's original location at 16th and Ionic Streets in Center City will close its doors for a 5-6 week hiatus. Since its conception in 2012, the Philly-based fast-casual stir-fry, salad and smoothie restaurant has grown into seven locations from Hoboken, NJ to Wilmington, DE. Closing in on three-and-a-half years, the Center City location is in need of some modernization.
So to keep things fresh and easy, like they like to do, the Honeygrow team will shut its doors after service on January 28 to upgrade its flow of service, accommodate upcoming menu updates, and install new kiosks featuring the updated design found at their newest locations. Look for a grand reopening sometime in March.
At the end of January, pay attention to the #hgOffTheMenu hashtag. Honeygrow will announce three pop-up events before it reopens, hosted by Honeygrow's culinary director David Katz (formerly of Mémé and Creekstone Farms). The pop-up will feature — you guessed it — off-the-menu dishes cooked by Katz, and if you attend all three, you'll be invited to the friends & family preview of the newly revamped location, plus entered to win a $100 Honeygrow gift card.
Staff-wise, Honeygrow has offered to relocate the 16th Street crew to nearby locations, compensating them for added travel expenses. Furthermore, the company plans to host "one-on-one sessions" with each employee that sticks the hiatus out to provide extra incentives — including concert or basketball tickets, Apple gift cards and extra paid time off. A novel idea for a local restaurant chain quickly becoming an empire.