It Happened Last Night: Health Department Shuts Down Farmers’ Cabinet

On Monday, Philadelphia’s Department of Health shut down the Farmers’ Cabinet. “As a result of violations found during an inspection, they were ordered to close for 48 hours,” says Department of Health spokesperson Jeff Moran. “Or until all of the violations are corrected.”

farmerscabinetbarMoran would not elaborate on the specific violations, and a copy of the latest inspection report is unavailable. “Reports are posted 30 days after the inspections–at the conclusion of the appeal period,” explains Moran. “I would not be able to provide specifics until after that appeal period.”

But restaurants receive violations from the Department of Health all the time, and very few of them are forced to close.




Prior to the most recent inspection, the Farmers' Cabinet was inspected by the Department of Health in March 2013, and that report was a glowing one, without a single violation.

Meanwhile, Farmers' Cabinet co-owner Matt Swartz is out on bail awaiting trial on charges of forgery and tampering with a public document, stemming from a December police raid of the restaurant.

A representative of the Farmers' Cabinet had no comment about the health violations.

UPDATE: Farmers' Cabinet is open tonight (2/12/2014).

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  • Chuck

    Hows their food?

    • Tomasz

      dirty, evidently

    • Dr.W

      The food is pretty terrible. They don’t have someone running the show (chef) and the food steams from complicated things (sweetbreads, foie gras, rabbit etc…) but it seems the people cooking it aren’t trained nor do they have the drive to put out a good product.

      The bar is a amazing and run by great people who are passionate and able to make something out of this place. It’s an amazing space and its a shame what is happening here and the hard working front of the house are getting shafted all along the way. There really are some great things about the Farmers Cabinet but my guess is this place is too far gone.

      On the upside after this place shuts down, something truly incredible can be done with this space. 2 different bars one with a cheese/ cured meat station, a huge kitchen and a massive dinning room that can fit a full band during dinner service. I’m sure the next person to take over will not squander the space. Let us just hope that Star doesn’t strong arm anything remotely cool that can happen in the Farmers old space.

      • JA

        When that time comes, Matt Swartz will strip the place bare in the middle of the night.

      • Mrs Peacock

        How do you know so much about the employees “drive” or the fact if they’re “great people” simply by eating there? How do you know how big the kitchen is? You must be an employee. Or a p***ed off X employee. (who probably worked OR still works in “front of the house”.) I’m gonna guess you still work there. And if I’m right then that’s a shame that your fellow co workers have to deal with fake people like you. You naughty naughty little man you. haha

        • Peabrainabove

          You sound very stupid Peacock

          • I’m not with stupid

            How can she “sound stupid” through reading words from a screen? You seem to be the stupid one.

        • Eric Woloshin

          Though I am naughty, I have not or will ever work here. I do work in thie service “industry” as you can tell and it’s my job to know about certain things such as a restaurants true nature.

    • Steve

      I personally have never been to FC, but I can tell you that I hear it is similar to when they had Fork and Barrel in East Falls. Fantastic (but overpriced) beer selection and mediocre (and WAY overpriced) food. I had such a terrible experience in East Falls that I vowed never to go FC. Glad I haven’t set foot in there.

  • no

    So, how long until Matt Schwartz starts posting here, and which handle will he use? Place your bets!

    I predict he will show up by 3PM today.

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    • no

      My prediction did not come true! I am a little disappointed.

      Maybe his lawyer finally talked some sense into him.

      • Currently Not Swartz

        Or the employees are tired of arguing with you guys to be told they are Swartz.

  • KL

    The first time I ate here a mouse ran across the table. They comped our meal and a bunch of expensive beer.

    • KL

      That was 3 years ago

  • J.D.

    They have 48 hours to clean up the scum.

  • Hara

    The problem at farmers is actually not really related to any sanitary issues. They don’t have a health code certified employee, as there certified employee recently left. That’s considered a large violation, but one easily amendable.

    • Health Dept

      Not a manager, owner, or chef has a food license. The only person who did was a bartender, who he also fucked over. WAY TO GO, Schwartz!!!

      • Obviously an employee…

        Traitor.

  • EC98

    Who in their right mind would continue to go to FC anyway?!?!?!? PLEASE go and support any other business, there are plenty to choose from that are fantastic and great experiences. Stop giving this Douche your money!!! Get this guy out of our city.

    -Everyone who he has screwed over

    • Yellow Snow

      Just because you drove here from another state in your Hybrid or whatever hipster mobile you drove in on, and now you rent a dirty studio apartment in Center City, doesn’t make you a Philadelphian. So calm down with all this (our city) stuff. Tourist.

      • EC98

        Hope you’re not a profiler, you’re way off. Nice try though. You can keep going to FC, you obviously know a high quality joint when you see one.

      • Guest

        just a tip: most hipsters dont drive cars, most hipsters dont live in center city, and FCab really does suck.

  • Just give it up already

    HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!! HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!!

    Lastly,
    HOW ARE THOSE IDIOTS STILL IN BUSINESS?!!!!

  • Jon

    I feel bad for the workers. Theyre getting screwed by this guy apparently.

    • BirdsOfAFeather

      They are idiots to stick with him after all he has done. They deserve to be screwed over, they are stupid.

      • Realistic

        You are the stupid one. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to leave their job due to moral obligations. There aren’t enough opportunities in this industry. In any industry. Few people can leave their job because they have a shitty boss, most people stick it out until they can’t anymore or get an out. Let’s not make this about the staff.

        • werqr

          You’re a complete moron. If you cant
          (easily) find a job in this industry in Philly today, you need to go play in traffic.

      • Jon

        Oh yeah, latino workers can just up and leave. What magical thing do you do for money?

  • Haters gunna hate

    Its open again.

  • Ryan H.

    Foobooz really needs a better fact checker.

    • Ryan H.

      Above comment should have been accompanied by a photo from Farmers’ Cabinet Facebook stating, “Due to this horrible weather, we will be closed.”

      • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/ Art from Foobooz

        Farmers’ Cabinet was closed Monday night. There was no weather on Monday. And there’s a direct quote from the Health Dept.

  • werqr

    This place opens and closes more than Paris Hiltons legs.