I hate to leave you but I really must go; good night, sweetheart, good night. Michael Klein reports that Sunday night marks the end of The Farm and Fisherman's five-year run in Wash West, as Josh and Colleen Lawler close up and look for bigger digs in the PA 'burbs.
You might call it a good problem to have. The Lawlers, who reported their busiest February yet a few months ago, have outgrown their 30-seat space and cramped kitchen.
"We are planning a short hiatus for some family time, and our next step will be to find a space in Philadelphia that allows us to expand/improve what we started at the BYO," Josh Lawler said in a message thanking customers, vendors, farmers, and employees. "Philadelphia has been better to us then we could have ever imagined these past five years."
It won't be a surprise if they model their next spot after their The Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market in Cherry Hill, which they co-own with Todd Fuller. The restaurant/bar/market runs from morning 'til night, serving coffee and prepared take-out on the market side and inspired cocktails, wine, (mostly) local craft beers and full plates on the bar and restaurant side. If you miss the Lawler touch while they're hiatus-ing, you really should check out their Jersey side. The food is outstanding, it's only 15 minutes over the Ben Franklin Bridge, and you can buy local cheeses and housemade pastries to bring home and get you through these dark months until they open again.