In D.C., Founding Farmers is a big deal. It's a restaurant partly owned by the North Dakota Farmers Union, so, large-scale farm-to-table, ingredients sourced from farms across the nation, restaurant profits piped directly into the farmers' pockets. With four sizable locations already in the D.C. metro area (and two more concepts on the way), they group has garnered itself a passionate and loyal fanbase, and in spring of 2017, they hope to do the same for the greater Philadelphia area at JBG Retail's King of Prussia Town Center.
Already boasting a pretty strong roster of restaurants — Davio's, Honeygrow, Fogo de Chão, and Hai Street, to name a few — King of Prussia's Founding Farmers (it's name not yet official) will be the restaurant group's first concept outside of their D.C. area comfort zone. Owner Dan Simons isn't worried, "Going to King of Prussia doesn't feel far. We already buy loads of product and produce year-round from Pennsylvania producers, and we can get to King of Prussia with an easy drive or train ride, so our current team will expand while still being very connected."
The restaurant will be massive: 300 seats, bi-level, a bakery on the ground floor, the dining room and bar upstairs, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.