Farmers’ Cabinet Landlord Sues Swartzes for More Than $1 Million


The author, middle, at Farmers’ Cabinet on July 7th, the last night it was open.

From the Department of News That Will Surprise Absolutely No One comes this: Farmers’ Cabinet landlord Good Fortunes LLC has filed a landlord-tenant lawsuit against Matt and Colleen Swartz, alleging that the Swartzes owe $1,068,149.21 in back rent, future rent (their lease doesn’t expire until 2021), city code violations, utility bills, and various fees and court costs.

According to the lease agreement appended to the suit, monthly rent exceeded $10,000, and there are allegedly more than $30,000 in returned checks. The complaint also claims that the Swartzes were given a notice to vacate the premises by June 30th but that they refused to get out.

The restaurant hasn’t been open since July 7th, the date the above photo was taken by a bartender during our visit. (Only a handful of draft beers were available, and many menu items had been 86’d. As always, it was a great place to hang out with excellent service.)

Good Fortunes LLC is a company owned by Michael Wei, whose restaurant portfolio includes Bryn Mawr’s Yang Ming and Nectar in Berwyn. Wei purchased the Farmers’ Cabinet building in January.

A few weeks ago, we asked Wei if he had any plans to open a restaurant in the Farmers’ Cabinet space once the Farmers’ Cabinet met its inevitable doom. “No immediate plans,” he said.

When reached for comment via email, Matt Swartz replied, “Check your facts there is no lawsuit filed against me.”

The full suit appears below.

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  • TartanSixNine

    Check your facts Victor! LOL

  • Ex employee

    They’re not the only ones sueing him either.

  • Jimmy

    Is that Bam Bam Bigelow?

  • Sue G.

    Facts are for suckers!

  • Jack II

    WooHoo!!! Matt AND Colleen this is just the beginning of Karma coming your way! Lol

  • gijyun

    Man, this guy creates press just buy breathing.

  • Ryan

    Love this – posted on their door.

  • knight of the rueful figure

    stop the witch hunt phillymag! it’s obvious this guy is running a legit business and you are just hounding him. lay off!

    • I<8MattSwartz

      Whoah! Pull your head outta Swartz’s bunghole. What about anything this hack has done makes you think it’s (obvious) that he’s running a legit business?! Forgery, backed rent, bounced checks, bribery, etc…the list goes on. Totally legit.

      • UhDuh

        Obviously the witch hunt post was saying it in jest

        • Knight of the rueful figure

          losing faith in the comments section here. Thanks

    • formerFarmer

      legit? that ship sailed a long, long time ago

  • Historian

    Can anyone think of a bigger repeated scam in Philly history than the Matt and Colleen Swartz show? Best of Philly con game, scam, grift, hustle, bunko, swindle, flimflam, gaffle and bamboozle

    • DrVampyre927

      The Neil Stein show!! If it wasn’t for his sister and Marathon Grill money, he would have “went broke” a LONG time before he finally went broke!! Most of his money was going “up his nose” or in his”pretend GF’S” pockets or to pay for the Male Hustlers and his lavish fake lifestyle.Neil owed everyone MONEY
      (vendors,servers,managers,customers, Friends,drug dealers)

  • I<8MattSwartz

    @victorfiorillo, how is it that you did not get bounced from F-Cab on your last visit? I would think that they’d have your picture posted everywhere with a “do not serve” heading. Did they know who you were when in there? And how did you “happen” to visit there on their last night if operation? Coincidence?

    Either way, impressive!

    • vfiorillo

      That’s not actually what I look like. I borrowed a disguise from Craig LaBan. And I used a fake name. And the two people in the photo with me did most of the talking, and in German, no less.

      • JB

        So were you aware that this was going to be the last evening before the locks were going to be changed?

        • vfiorillo

          No, I wasn’t aware that it was going to be their last, but a few people of the employee and ex-employee variety told me that the 5th was to be their final night, and so then when they were still open on the 7th, I figured it was worth walking over for a drink or two. Once I saw most of the beer chalkboard erased, it was obvious that they were on their last breath. But I had no ideas that the locks were about to be changed, if in fact that is what happened.

          • Paul Walker is – Man on Fire 1

            For a guy who who got so pissy because of his first visit there and was “snubbed” by the bartender in favor of them being more concerned with their visiting friend, you certainly seem to spend a lot of time there. Hopefully Farmers Cabinet gives you the peace in its death that it could not offer you in its life. Whats next? Did a burger boy somewhere make you wait an extra minute or two for a burger cause he was texting his girlfriend? Did a gyro vendor make you wait too long for a Snapple? Cant wait for your next vendetta piece!!!!

  • Boo-urns

    1. Maybe this is finally the end of this guy in Philly. We can only hope.
    2. Who’s the cutie to your right (our left)? ;o)