Liquid Nitrogen at Farmers’ Cabinet, New Plans for The Boilermaker

I can say this for the employees who’ve stuck it out at Farmers’ Cabinet and The Boilermaker during all the goofiness of the past week or so: They must never get bored. I mean, how could they? Every day they come into work, there’s just no telling what kind of weirdness they’ll be walking into. New staff, new management, new concepts, new rumors of imminent closure…

But after last week’s 4-way staff walkout, we now have word of some (more) changes happening at both of Matt and Colleen Swartz’s joints.

First, there was word from a well-placed tipster that Farmers’ Cabinet was taking in a shipment of liquid nitrogen tanks. The assumption was that either the kitchen was planning on getting super-freaky under its new command, or that the bar crew had something up their sleeves.

Turns out, it was the bar. And mostly it was new consultant/employee Jeremy Osslund (an NYC restaurant and cocktail consultant from Jigger, Beaker and Flask and, most recently, of the Flatiron Lounge, who ops manager Will Pumphrey told me has now joined the Cabinet/Boilermaker team full-time). Osslund, it seems, is one of those guys who truly digs the Weird Science end of the mixology spectrum and has brought some of his Mr. Wizard tricks to the bar at Farmers’ Cabinet with at least one liquid nitrogen drink on the cocktail list right now, and more modernist drinks (including ones served inside ice balls) on the way. Val Boyle and Paul McDonald are tending the long oak during the menu switch, and the new board will go into full effect on Monday.

Meanwhile, Osslund has also been poking around The Boilermaker where word is they’re looking to change up the concept somewhat. While there’s no firm idea yet on what the new concept will be, Pumphrey did say that Osslund has suggested a doubling-down on the name (“He said we should embrace it and have 40 boilermakers, not just 8,” said Pumphrey) and that the kitchen is looking to expand its offerings under Chris Allen‘s direction. “People look at [The Boilermaker] as a bar,” Pumphrey told me. “We want people to look at it as a restaurant. As a bar, too. We don’t want to lose the bar crowd. But we think it can be a good restaurant, too.”

Farmers’ Cabinet [Foobooz]

The Boilermaker [Foobooz]


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  • alex

    seriously, what a nightmare. they are holding that neighborhood hostage to their terrible food and expensive beer.

  • Portal Princess

    Liquid nitrogen drinks, really? Are there enough hipsters/assholes from Jersey to keep this concept afloat for more than 3 months? I mean, Philadelphia ain’t NYC. Anyone kicked off the pool for how long this newest Swartz victim will last?

  • barryg

    “holding the neighborhood hostage.”


  • David G

    @Alex: Eyeroll. C’mon, now. Their food, treatment of staff, etc. might suck, but they’re hardly holding the neighborhood “hostage.”

  • Ryan

    Boilermaker was the most comfortable and approachable thing they have done, and my guess is the changes will nullify that.

  • alex


    my point is that they have two of the best places to have cool bars in that neighborhood. So they are preventing other non-disastrous destined-to-fail places from setting up shop.

  • EmptyPie

    Am I missing something here? There’s nothing to this blog post. It’s like a pie without the filling to me.
    So they added a drink, a new sucker employee and want to sell food ? That’s it? And you post about it?

    Anxiously awaiting the post about them changing out the empty toilet paper roll……

  • Helium

    They should do helium instead. That’s fun, suck it in and talk funny.

    Matt has the proper look too for the song

    “We represent the Lollypop Guild, The Lollypop Guild, The Lollypop Guild And in the name of the Lollypop Guild, We wish to welcome you to Muchkinland.”

  • Michael G

    They should do nitrous oxide instead, maybe the laughing gas would make the food better. It’s worth a shot.

  • Pretty in Pink

    @ emptypie… weird question, but did you know that richard gere WASN’T in the ghostbusters? i know, right!?

  • Pinkeye

    That’s funny PinkPuss, try to distract people from the fact you and the rest of the scum at Schwarz’s places are crashing and burning.

  • Ryan H

    Well, let’s all hope that for Matt Scheller’s sake that the liquid nitrogen isn’t from NYC or the poor morning staff might walk in to find his lips frozen to the nozzle the way he sucks off anything with NYC stamped to it.
    Didn’t this article mention that the new consultant is from New York? Hmmm…

  • At Ryan h

    Hands down best foobooz comment I have read concern the FC or the group hilarious

  • ac

    I’m looking for more info on the swartz couple….seems like many have negative thoughts about them. Please post if u could give me any facts about them and what they’ve been up to.

  • peapi

    Anyone else see the story about stomach explosions from liquid nitro in drinks? Smooth move ex lax

  • barryg

    Yeah a girl in the UK had to get her stomach removed after drinking one of these.

  • Reality Check

    I heard Scwartz was illegally making liquid nitrogen in a factory on VA and was self distributing it to PA. I can’t wait until Foobooz posts the email from Philadelphia Extract. I wonder who is going to jump on here and try to save Schwartz now that the white knight has been “out” but somehow interviewing with Schwart’s sworn enemy.

  • Angie

    @reality check
    can you post where you saw about the “illegally making liquid nitrogen” please. also, what do you mean about the white knight has been “out” and who is his sworn enemy?? thnx

  • tiedhouse

    Angie you are too stupid to slow the swartzmobile

  • Angie

    @Tiedhouse Says
    So you think:)
    Get back to me when Matt and Colleen are both two little Biotches in prison:)
    oh….and don’t hide behind a fake name.

  • Angie

    one last thing….I won’t need to slow the “swartzmobile” b/c eventually it will crash and burn on its own:)