Craig LaBan takes the Farmer’s Daughter to task for its use of farm, its food, its service and the restaurant’s curvy logo.
The main goal of Normandy’s makeover was to expand and revive its bar, a message thoroughly cougar-ized on the website by the silhouette of a busty Blue Bell hillbilly sandwiched between a pink martini and a lipstick print labeled “Flirt.”
One Bell – Hit-or-Miss
Farmer’s Daughter [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Farmer’s Daughter [Official Site]
“Just when we started hearing some things about the Farmer’s Daughter at Normandy Farm in Whitpain Township (former site of a restaurant from the missing-in-action Jim Coleman, who disappeared from there, WHYY’s Chef’s Table, and World Cafe Live all in 2010) that made us actually consider making the awful drive up to that part of Montgomery County, we find out that Corey Fair, the bull-riding Texas-born chef that started to turn things around for the property, is gone.
Although the original tip that came in at the end of last week suggested that this was a sudden departure (to the effect of: ‘something happened last night, and the chef is gone’), both Fair (pictured) and the folks behind the so corporately named Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center say that’s not the case…”
Want to know the real story? Check out “Chef Flees Farmer’s Daughter For The Big City, But Promises ‘A Flawless Transition‘” for the truth.
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The attractive Farmer’s Daughter opened last Friday in Blue Bell. Chef Corey Fair is bringing a fresh and local concept to the restaurant at the Normandy Farm Hotel.
Avalon Restaurant’s owner and chef John Brandt-Lee is opening a second restaurant this spring in Downingtown. Avalon’s Pasta Bistro will takeover the former Jasper on Lancaster Avenue. The menu will feature homemade pasta, flatbreads, salads, cheeses and antipasta. Pastas will all be under $20 and a four-course tasting menu including the chef’s signature 15-item antipasti platter will be $40.
South Philadelphia institution Sarcone’s is opening a hoagie shop at 230 West Market Street in West Chester this Friday morning. [West Chester Dish]
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