Some late-breaking news just coming into Foobooz World HQ this afternoon. It looks like Supper–Mitch Prensky’s dedicated farm-to-table restaurant on South Street–is closing down after eight-and-a-half years following dinner service next Friday.
No, this is good news. This is responsiveness and trouble-shooting. Though I wish it’d happened sooner, this is Mitch Prensky and his crew getting the message that their biscuit sandwiches at Scratch were pretty much impossible to eat without the biscuits crumbling to pieces, and attempting to do something about it.
The build-out on Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits storefront at 1306 Chestnut Street is on schedule, maybe even ahead of schedule. This, Prensky told me as he frantically looked for some wood to knock on, means the Midtown Village biscuit spot will be ready for inspections in about three weeks.
Yesterday, I sat down with Prensky to try a sampling of his breakfast and lunch biscuit sandwiches. Also on the agenda, identifying which sandwich was served on a gluten-free biscuit. I failed.
When did Supper chef Mitch Prensky know that his love of making biscuit sandwiches was worthy of its own bricks-and-mortar location? The first time he sold one. (We agree – and named it one of the five must-try Philly sandwiches.
You’ve probably seen his Scratch Biscuits tent popped-up at festivals, Phish shows, farmer’s markets and Night Markets (at the one Night Market he sold a whopping 1,100 biscuits in less than three hours). Now, he’s signed a lease at 1306 Chestnut Street for an actual location.
Back in the day, when I was still cooking dinner for strangers rather than writing about it, there was a kind of running joke that went through all the kitchens I worked in. At the end of particularly long nights, the crew and I would look around and say, “Shit, for a rock band, we’re not a bad kitchen crew.”
The first half of that bon mot would change occasionally, place to place: Shit, for a web-design company … For an artists’ colony … For an architecture firm … The joke was funny because back then, almost no one came to a kitchen as a first choice. Most of us had done something before, failed at it (often spectacularly), then discovered kitchens as places of no-questions-asked reinvention.
The menu at Supper has never been a set-in-stone kind of thing. Chef Mitch Prensky changes things up regularly, often depending on what he can get out of the ground at Blue Elephant Farm (which grows all of his produce). But now he’s put the entire board through a change and has expanded his repertoire considerably.
The menu is now broken down into five distinct sections: Snacks, Garden, Larder, Mill, and Market. The biggest change comes in the Mill section, which will feature grains as the core of several dishes, making the whole thing kind of like an American version of a pasta menu. Only without any actual pasta.
There’ll be more veggies in the Garden section (all from Blue Elephant) and all the classics (the burger, duck n’ waffles) will be in the Market section, along with some new stuff like skate frites (wordplay!) and roasted chicken with biscuits.
Anyway, it’s a lot of changes and you can check it all out when you look at the full menu after the jump.
Mitch Prensky is hosting a pop-up of his Scratch Biscuits concept on Monday, September 17th. The pop-up will take place at Supper from 6 to 9 p.m. Diners will be able to choose from four types of southern-style biscuits, sides like braised colards, barbecue and pork rinds. Homemade lemonade and sweet tea will also be on the menu.
Prensky experimented with the Scratch Biscuits over the summer at Night Market and the pop-up at the restaurant marks the return of Monday hours for the South Street restaurant. No reservations will be accepted for the pop-up.
So there was this rumor kicking around this afternoon that Mitch Prensky–chef-owner of Supper and the man behind the menu at Lemon Hill–was gone from the new(ish) Fairmount eatery which he helped open, along with the Franklin Mortgage crew. And after a few phone calls, we came to find that, this time, the rumors were true.
Another menu change coming along just in time for the heat wave: Lemon Hill‘s man behind the bar, Al Sotack, is launching an addition to the traditional chalkboard cocktail menu. It’s a summer board, created with the sun in mind, and it all starts off with a Well Deserved Punch …
Like so many other women across the world, Mitch Prensky’s wife Jennifer has apparently fallen under the spell of the girly-porn 50 Shades of Grey series. In particular, she was moved (if that’s the word) by the masked ball sequence in Fifty Shades Darker and has insisted that Mitch recreate that meal for a one-night-only pop-up at their restaurant, Supper.
Thus, on Wednesday June 27th, at 7:30 pm, Supper will be doing a four-course dinner based on the scene from the book. And in keeping with the spirit of the thing, there will also be a pop-up store from high-end lingerie and toy store Coeur in Rittenhouse Square. I’m betting you can guess what they’ll be bringing to the party.