From the source.

Forwarded by PR maven Jennie Hatton, this statement from owner Matt Swartz:

“It’s been a great year at Fork & Barrel in East Falls, but we made a business decision to close since The Farmers’ Cabinet has so many of the same elements.  We hope that our Fork & Barrel customers will continue to visit us in the city.  We’ve also decided to close Tap and Table in Emmaus and bring the concept to Philadelphia in the coming months.  The new restaurant will also have an Old World atmosphere, a menu based on fresh-ingredients including fondue, mussels, flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees and will feature American and European craft beers.  We’ve had incredible opening success at The Farmers’ Cabinet and look forward to our next venture in the city.  The Bookstore, our 1920s speakeasy, in Bethlehem will remain open.”

Aside from confirming the original rumor, the news here, I guess, is that “we hope to bring the [Tap and Table] concept to Philadelphia in the coming months.”

Whatever else you think of these folks, they sure are mercurial. By my count, they have had two projects announced which never opened (one never described in any detail in New Hope and a beer hall in Bethlehem) a restaurant closed within a matter of three months or so in Rehoboth Beach and a second in less than a year in Philadelphia, and now a new restaurant just opened in center city and  and another maybe forthcoming.

It do make the head spin.

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