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East Passyunk’s Will BYOB Has an Expiration Date

Chef Chris Kearse is closing the highly praised Will to open a bigger restaurant in Old City

Will on East Passyunk Avenue is closing in June.
Will [official photo]

Will BYOB, one of Eater Philly’s 38 essential restaurants in the city, will serve its last dish later this spring. Chef-owner Chris Kearse is shutting the doors at the small French-inspired eatery on East Passyunk Avenue to head to Old City, where he plans to open a bigger French restaurant called Forsythia. It’s going into what was Capofitto.

Kearse debuted Will (1911 East Passyunk Avenue) in 2012 after honing his skills at notable spots Alinea, Tru, and Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, French Laundry in northern California, and Lacroix and Pumpkin in Philly. The restaurant uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients for a menu that changes almost daily. Its last day is June 2, Philly Mag reports.

Forsythia is slated to open August 24 at 233 Chestnut Street. Capofitto, a pizza and gelato destination, was part of the Capogiro group, which closed all locations late last year.

Will’s GM Ben Jensen-Rosen is moving over to Forsythia, which Philly Mag reports will have space for 60 diners, a full bar, and a French menu.


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