When Josh and Colleen Lawler and their partner Todd Fuller opened The Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market in Cherry Hill, N.J., it proved to be an immediate success. Suburban Southern N.J. 2014 was ripe for something snazzier than a T.G.I. Fridays or Applebees, and family-friendly just the same. The Tavern was just that — a hyper-local restaurant and market with a cheffy menu, plus crayons for the kids. And like Lawler promised back in February, he and Fuller plan to bring about a second Tavern, this one in Horsham, P.A.
The Horsham Corner, a newly redeveloped shopping center at Norristown and Horsham Roads, will be the second home of the Tavern concept. Lawler said it should be just like the one in New Jersey, only without a market and, farm-wise, more PA-focused. The beer will be craft and local, wines will be domestic, and with the new crop of Pennsylvania distilleries opening up all over, expect local spirits as well. Creating a family-friendly environment, though, is still a priority.
Opening in Philly is still on the table, too. Today, he told Eater that he “absolutely” plans to come back (in fact, he was just checking out spaces in the city last week), but the situation has to be just right. “I’m not going to open just to open.”
Horsham’s Farm & Fisherman is expected to open in the spring of 2017.