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Russet, a Rittenhouse Farm-to-Desk Favourite, to Shut This Summer time

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Kristin and Andrew Wooden’s farm-to-table BYOB in Rittenhouse will shut in June — however not with out some particular dinners and occasions first.

Picture by Jason Varney

In a heartfelt letter despatched by electronic mail, Kristin and Andrew Wooden have introduced that they are going to be closing Russet, their farm-to-table BYOB in Rittenhouse, this summer season. Its final night time of service will probably be June 30th.

The restaurant, which opened on Valentine’s Day 2012, has been a mainstay of Philadelphia journal’s 50 Greatest Eating places listing — its beautiful brownstone eating room, charming service, ever-changing seasonal menus and deep, deep dedication to sourcing domestically and responsibly made it a eating vacation spot only a few blocks from Rittenhouse Sq..

The Woods have a sequence of dinners, courses, and occasions lined up in June main as much as the final night time of service. No particular particulars but, however the dates are all set (see beneath). Make your reservations right here or by calling the restaurant at 215-546-1521.

Tuesday, June 4: Russet Alumni Chef Dinner (TBA)
Thursday, June 6: Pasta Class and Dinner
Tuesday, June 11: Russet Alumni Chef Dinner (TBA)
Tuesday, June 18: Pasta Class and Dinner
Wednesday, June 19: Heritage Farm Dinner
Tuesday, June 25: Russet Alumni Chef Dinner (TBA)
Wednesday, June 26: Plowshare Farm Dinner
Sunday, June 30: Ultimate Celebration (TBA)

Right here’s the letter in full:


We need to thank our company and associates who’ve joined us for dinner, brunch or a memorable occasion over the previous seven years at Russet. It’s been a pleasure serving our trustworthy, easy meals in Philadelphia. We imagine each restaurant has its life span. That stated, we’ve determined Russet will shut on June 30th, 2019.

Kristin and Andrew first met in a restaurant kitchen in Boston, then we cooked our means throughout the nation till we hit California. After we determined to open our personal place, we knew Philadelphia was the place we wished to be. It was additionally the place we wished to boost our household. We’ve been fortunate and profitable with each right here on this historic, charming, rising metropolis. We’re grateful for the bounty of Pennsylvania, which solely knowledgeable our kitchen credo and nightly menus. We’re grateful for the farmers who develop such scrumptious produce and lift animals with care.  We’re grateful for our devoted workers who’ve turn out to be household. We’re grateful for the awards and accolades bestowed upon us. We’re grateful to have been a part of Philadelphia’s vibrant eating scene and the friendships we’ve made inside the group. We’re grateful to our company, regulars, and people who shared momentous life occasions with us, similar to bridal showers, graduations, engagements, and weddings.

It’s outstanding to consider all we’ve seen and executed, and what’s nonetheless to come back. For us, that appears quite a bit prefer it all the time has: spending time with our two sons. However, as soon as Russet’s doorways shut, we’ll do this at our dwelling in South Philly and in parks and whereas visiting household within the nation. We raised our household right here, and, in quite a lot of methods, the restaurant raised us. It was a fantastic testomony to our talents and taught us quite a bit. We’ll miss it, however we’re excited for our subsequent chapter.  Earlier than we shut the reservation e-book on Sunday, June 30th, we hope to see you at the least yet one more time. We’ve invited our associates and purveyors to have fun our previous few weeks with a sequence of particular occasions to showcase all the weather which have made the meals at Russet so particular through the years.


-Andrew, Kristin, Gus and Leo Wooden


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