Remember a couple weeks ago when we were able to announce that Matt Ridgway (of PorcSalt fame, and formerly the chef at Lacroix) had gotten the retail arm of his new combination French bistro/general store in Rosemont, New Jersey up and running?
Yeah, well now we have even better news. Come May 1, The Pass will officially open to the public. And when that happens, Matt Ridgway will finally be back in the kitchen and cooking in our area–something he hasn’t been since 2004. (For those of you who are worried about the New Jersey address, Rosemont is just 5 miles from New Hope, on the Jersey side of the river).
So here’s what we know in terms of opening details:
Ridgway says this in describing his new restaurant: “Like a French routier or roadhouse; we use quality ingredients to elevate simple dishes. The atmosphere is intentionally casual, and the prices are reasonable.”
And he’s brought in some help, too. Standing with him in the kitchen will be Paul Mitchell, who worked with him at The Fountain Room and Lacroix. Ridgeway, Mitchell and their crew will be serving 3-course, prix fixe dinners Wednesday through Saturday, with plans to soon launch an extended Sunday brunch. Dinner will run you $38.50 and the booze is on you because The Pass is BYO.
Here’s the opening night menu:
Opening Night Menu — May 1
red wine bacon, garlic escargot, parsley puree
guitarra pasta a la carbonara
black mushroom bouillon
shaved mushrooms, citrus oil
lacquered sweetbread, pickled asian pear
young chicken fra diavolo
sauce charcuterie, toast points
whiskey tart w/ ice cream
cheese (add $3)
The Pass [Official]
Photo by Yoni Nimrod