Matt Ridgway Will Open The Pass On May 1

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:

The Pass

Opening Night Menu — May 1




burgundy pizza


red wine bacon, garlic escargot, parsley puree




guitarra pasta a la carbonara




black mushroom bouillon


shaved mushrooms, citrus oil




lacquered sweetbread, pickled asian pear






marinated mackerel


scallion pancake








atlantic fluke


brown butter




lamb steak


coffee vinaigrette




young chicken fra diavolo


sauce charcuterie, toast points








whiskey tart w/ ice cream




rice pudding



cheese (add $3)

The Pass [Official]

Photo by Yoni Nimrod